When it comes to marijuana reform one of the most popular arguments that marijuana opponents use is that there will be a safety epidemic on public roadways if/when marijuana laws are reformed. Marijuana opponents act like the second marijuana laws are changed, people will get as baked as they possibly can and hop in a car looking for something or someone to run into. That’s simply not the case, backed up by math.
A study was recently conducted, which looked at traffic fatality rates in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Marijuana opponents would lead you to believe that traffic fatality rates in states where medical marijuana is legal would be significantly and undeniably higher than states where marijuana prohibition is in full effect. Unfortunately for marijuana opponents, math is not on their side. Per The Washington Post:
Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities on average when examining places that have enacted medical-marijuana laws — 23 states and the District of Columbia. The presence of medical-marijuana dispensaries also correlated with fewer traffic fatalities, the study found.
Silvia Martins, a physician and associate professor who was the study’s senior author, theorized that lower traffic fatality rates in states with marijuana laws might be related to lower levels of alcohol-impaired driving as people, especially younger people, substitute weed for booze.
This is further proof that marijuana prohibition is a total failure. This is not the first study of its kind. I have seen similar studies which concluded the same thing, yet despite the obvious math, marijuana opponents still go to the ‘danger on the roads’ argument constantly. There will no doubt be more states voting on medical marijuana in the coming years, and I can guarantee that marijuana opponents will be sticking to their debunked argument. If that happens and you are around, point out this study and tell them to stop lying!