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Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents since commercialization of medical marijuana

Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents since commercialization of medical marijuana

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, May 15, 2014)  University of Colorado Denver. (2014, May 15). Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents since commercialization of medical marijuana. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140515173507.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

The proportion of marijuana-positive drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado has increased dramatically since the commercialization of medical marijuana in the middle of 2009, according to a study. The study raises important concerns about the increase in the proportion of drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash who were marijuana-positive since the commercialization of medical marijuana in Colorado, particularly in comparison to the 34 non-medical marijuana states.

Journal Reference:

Stacy Salomonsen-Sautel, Sung-Joon Min, Joseph T. Sakai, Christian Thurstone, Christian Hopfer. Trends in fatal motor vehicle crashes before and after marijuana commercialization in ColoradoDrug and Alcohol Dependence, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.04.008

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