By: Kyle James | 07-01-2018 | News
Photo credit: John Locher

Nevada - Traffic Deaths Drop 10 Percent After Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Opponents of marijuana legalization have long pointed to the fact that more impaired drivers will be on the road as evidence that legalization will do more harm than good. Now, data provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety seems to contradict that theory.

Related coverage: <a href="">Canada - Police Raid Marijuana Dispensary Then Get High</a>

Between July 2016 and May 2017, 310 people died in traffic accidents in Nevada. Now, compare that to the first 11 months of legal recreational marijuana between July 2017 and May 2018 where just 277 people died in car crashes in the state. Nevada Department of Public Safety has not provided data for June 2018.

The state of Nevada considers you to be impaired from marijuana if you have more than 2 nanograms of active THC in your system. Marijuana legalization opposition groups like Vote No On 2 Nevada have touted statistics that paint legalization in a dark light such as those in the tweet below.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Where recreational pot is legal:<br>✔️ Pot related traffic fatalities doubled<br>✔️ DUI arrests increased 163% <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Vote No On 2 Nevada (@VoteNoOn2NV) <a href="">November 4, 2016</a></blockquote>

<script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Related coverage: <a href="">Pennsylvania - 110 Pounds Of Fentanyl From China Intercepted At Philadelphia Port</a>

The problem with the statistics presented in the tweet is that they don't take into account factors such as population increase. The German research firm <a href="">IZA Institute of Labor Economics conducted a study</a> in Colorado that found population significantly increased following marijuana legalization. So with more people, more accidents are to be expected and does not necessarily mean that marijuana-related DUI fatalities actually increased but merely rose with the increasing population.

<i>On Twitter:</i>

<a href="">@MAGASyndicate</a>

Tips? Info? Send me a message!


Twitter: #Nevada #Marijuana #Legalization #Recreational #DUI #Fatalities #LegalWeed

Share this article
Thoughts on the above story? Comment below!
2 Comment/s
Anonymous No. 30120 2018-07-01 : 05:32

Less rage, more self-control. It does make sense.

tab No. 30140 2018-07-01 : 13:44

what's happening is that there ARE more "impaired" drivers on the road but they are slowing down and driving more cautious and have less road-rage. death occur from hotshot, A-hole SOBER drivers. i deal with them daily on my motorcycle and in my car….

What do you think about this article?
Comment *

Recent News

Popular Stories