Motor Vehicle Accidents in Colorado Increased 10% After Marijuana Legalization

Motor vehicle accidents rose 10 percent in Colorado after the state legalized marijuana, according to a new study. Alcohol abuse and overdoses that resulted in injury or death increased 5 percent. The state also saw a 5 percent decline in hospital admissions for chronic pain, HealthDay reports.

The researchers reviewed more than 28 million hospital records two years before and two years after marijuana was legalized in the state.

“We need to think carefully about the potential health effects of substantially enhancing the accessibility of cannabis, as has been done now in the majority of states,” study senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus of the University of California, San Francisco said in a news release. “Our findings demonstrate several potential harmful effects that are relevant for physicians and policymakers, as well as for individuals considering cannabis use.”

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