According to a recent research accomplished by Professor Rees from the University of Colorado Denver, legalizing marijuana would be beneficial for our society as a whole.
“Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults,” said Daniel Rees,
Professor Rees along with his colleagues conducted a research to examine the relationship between legalization of marijuana and traffic deaths, and this is the first research ever done to look for the relationships in between.
“We were astounded by how little is known about the effects of legalizing medical marijuana,” Rees said. “We looked into traffic fatalities because there is good data, and the data allow us to test whether alcohol was a factor.”
The results were astonishing. The research indicates that legalizing marijuana has lead to fewer deaths on the road.
They had also compared marijuana with alcohol as well. Another fact found based on the research was that, drivers whom are under the influence of alcohol often overestimate themselves, underestimating the effect of the alcohol, and drives way faster and takes more risk. On the other hand, drivers that are under the influence of marijuana would avoid risks.
After all, I think this research has been conducted at a very good timing, as BC is currently trying to legalize marijuana.
Source: “Medical Express”