One of the most hotly-debated topics legislatures are facing these days is the legalization of marijuana. Proponents of legalized marijuana point to its various health benefits, including pain management, as well as the potential economic benefits the state could reap from taxing the substance. Moreover, the stigma around marijuana as an extremely harmful substance has more or less disappeared. Conversely, many argue that legalizing marijuana would encourage the abuse of the drug, which in turn could lead to a greater potential for danger, such as an increase in car crashes or the like. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert car accidents attorney at 617-787-3700.
The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a study examining the effects of legalized marijuana on the rate of car accidents in a given state. This study was conducted after the driver involved in a bus crash that resulted in 12 fatalities was found to be under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. Although the report indicates that legalized marijuana does not increase fatalities stemming from car accidents necessarily, the total number of accidents in such states is indeed higher.
At the moment, about 6 in 10 Americans support legalized marijuana country-wide. Although this study is unlikely to drastically affect those numbers, it is still an important factor to consider in a debate that will likely be ongoing for many years.
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