The Colorado Independent: CU study: Medical marijuana saves lives
Written by Scot Kersgaard
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
A study released Tuesday by the University of Colorado Denver indicates that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces alcohol consumption and, as a result, alcohol-related traffic deaths without a corresponding increase in deaths caused by stoned drivers.
The study, hailed as “groundbreaking” by the University, is the first to examine the effect of legalizing medical marijuana
on the prevalence of traffic fatalities. Researchers analyzed traffic
fatalities nationwide, and in those states that have legalized medical
marijuana they found that alcohol consumption went down among those 20
to 29 years old, resulting in fewer deaths on the road...
“Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it is far safer
than alcohol for the user and society,” said Mason Tvert, executive
director of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and
coauthor of the book, Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people
to drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009). “It should come as little surprise
that when we allow adults to make the safer choice to use marijuana it
results in less drinking and fewer alcohol-related problems,” he said in
a press release.
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