Marijuana legalization doesn't lead to more fatal car crashes, finds Texas doctor
A new study led by an Austin trauma surgeon found that states with legalized marijuana have not experienced a rise in the number of fatal car crashes.
The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health, compared crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington — two states where recreational marijuana use is legal — with eight similar states, including Texas, where recreational marijuana use is forbidden.
The study concluded that "three years after recreational marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were not statistically different from those in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization."
In a prepared statement, Dr. Jayson Aydelotte, lead author and trauma surgeon at the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, said his study was the first to examine road injuries in post-legalization states.
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