The Highway Loss Data Institute, However, Says Their Researchers Have Found A Link Between Legalization And A Rise In Crashes.

gettyimages 518242830 1 Study: Legal Pot Behind Rise In Car Crashes (credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Since recreational marijuana was legalized for sale in 2014, the impact on drivers has been unclear. Colorado State Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol says for their agency, the data simply isn’t there. CBS4’s Karen Morfitt interviews State Trooper Josh Lewis (credit: CBS) “Ultimately when it comes down to its one more thing that we are looking at… but marijuana is not new,” Lewis said. The Highway Loss Data Institute, however, says their researchers have found a link between legalization and a rise in crashes. “Worry that legalized marijuana is increasing crash rates isn’t misplaced,” says David Zuby, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group looked at collision claims from Colorado, Oregon and Washington before and after retail marijuana became legal. They compared the numbers with states where its colorado marijuana not allowed – factoring in a number of controlled differences including population. Colorado saw the biggest estimated increase in claim frequency compared with its control states. After retail marijuana sales began in Colorado, the increase in collision claim frequency was 14 percent higher than in nearby Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.

To read more visit http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/06/21/legal-marijuana-pot-car-crashes/

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