A new study showing a decrease in traffic fatalities in states that have adopted medical marijuana programs further suggests the cannabis DUI fearmongering of politicians, law enforcement and prohibitionist pundits may be entirely unfounded.
As I have previously mentioned, the entire scare over cannabis DUI’s has been predicated on a pack of lies that ignore all of the mounting evidence against them. Now we have some more fuel for that fire, as a new study has found a correlation between fewer automobile accident deaths and more permissive laws towards medical marijuana. While no direct causation of the statistical phenomena has been found, there are some pretty good guesses.
The Washington Post reports:
States with medical-marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities than those without, especially among younger drivers, a new study has found.
You would think crash rates might be higher, supposing that more drivers are, too — especially around midnight, when a run to a 7-Eleven becomes necessary.
But, no. 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.
“We found evidence that states with the marijuana laws in place compared with those which did not, reported, on average, lower rates of drivers endorsing driving after having too many drinks,” Martins said in a written statement. She said other factors that might help explain the correlation could be the “strength of public health laws related to driving, infrastructure characteristics, or the quality of health care systems.”
At the heart of the unscientific drive towards new legislation to “address” cannabis DUI’s are those who stand to profit. From law enforcement to cannabis breathalyzer developers, and many more, everyone is hoping to make a buck off of new restrictive laws before they are even passed. And even more frightening, they are also the very same people who are defining what constitutes “driving while high” which seems like a pretty big time conflict of interest. I think we know who the news laws and technologies will favor, and it wont be us.
Hark and heareth ye the cries of “Public Safety” and follow unto them, for there thoust shall findeth thy oppressor ready to tradeth ye fears for his favors, whichever shalt favoreth only thy oppressor.