States with “Medical Marijuana” (MMJ) Have Higher Prevalence of Driver Fatalities Involving Drugs: 71%


1. 12/17 states (including DC) with “medical” marijuana” have 20% + traffic fatalities involving drugs
70.6% of states with MMJ laws have driver fatalities testing positive for drugs of 20% or greater

2. 13/17 states with “medical” marijuana” has 19% + traffic fatalities involving drugs (Arizona)
76% of states with MMJ have driver fatalities testing positive for drugs of 19% or higher

3. 3/17 states with “medical” marijuana” laws that have low rates of driver fatalities also have low rates of testing for drugs (Oregon, Rhode Island, Maine: not tested 79%, 41%, 100% ).

4. 1/17 states with “medical” marijuana”, New Mexico, tests all, but has anomalous 1% positive tests (an outlier, along with Mississippi, North Carolina).
Drug testing of drivers in fatal accidents should be 100%!

STATES WITHOUT “MEDICAL MARIJUANA” LAWS HAVE LOWER PREVALENCE OF DRIVER FATALITIES INVOLVING DRUGS: 27%

1. 24/33 states with no “medical” marijuana” laws have fewer than 20% of driver fatalities involving drugs
73% of states with no “medical marijuana” laws have fewer than 20% driver fatalities testing positive for drug.

2. 9/33 states with no “medical” marijuana” approval have 20% or more driver fatalities involving drugs.
27% of states with no “medical marijuana” laws have 20% or more of driver fatalities involving drugs

3. Ct, state with highest number of fatalities also has highest rate of testing, 99%
Prevalence of driver fatalities involving drugs is three times higher, on average, in states with approved “medical marijuana” laws.

Source: Bertha Madras PhD Harvard Medical School Dec. 2010

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