Money and Accidents: The Most Visible Effects of Legalized Marijuana

Money and Accidents: The Most Visible Effects of Legalized Marijuana

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]A new report from The Lansing State Journal has shed some light on some troubling figures related to increased legalization of marijuana in the United States and fatal car accidents. As the report shows, car accident injury claims and fatalities caused by marijuana usage have tripled within the last 15 years. With Colorado and Washington having already made marijuana a legal recreational drug, and multiple states planning on following suit in the next couple of years, it’s estimated that marijuana-related car accidents will become even more common. Currently, one in nine of all car accident compensation cases seen by the more than 45,000 personal injury accident lawyers in the United States are related to marijuana usage, as reported by CBS News. Undeniable Financial Benefits It’s hard to fault the states which have legalized marijuana. Recognizing that they could either fight against a growing wave of illegal drug sales and usage, or tap into a growing market, Colorado and Washington have since greatly benefited from making the recreational use of limited amounts of cannabis legal within their states. Colorado, in particular, has seen an incredible amount of success with their marijuana industry, pulling in upwards of $200 million for the state in just the first four months. The number of accidents goes up and so does tax revenue While the financial benefits of legalized marijuana are clear as day, states need to recognize that they may be putting their citizens at risk by opening the floodgates. According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, distracted driving remains one of the main causes of car accidents that experienced...