Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption

  title={Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption},
  author={D. Mark Anderson and Benjamin C. Hansen and Daniel i. Rees},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={333 - 369}
To date, 19 states have passed medical marijuana laws, yet very little is known about their effects. The current study examines the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic fatalities, the leading cause of death among Americans ages 5–34. The first full year after coming into effect, legalization is associated with an 8–11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities. The impact of legalization on traffic fatalities involving alcohol is larger and estimated with more… 
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