Study shows increase in deadly accidents where pot is legal

Question 4 on the November ballot would legalize marijuana

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts is standing behind a new AAA study that found traffic deaths have increased in states where marijuana is legal.

The percentage of deadly car accidents involving drivers who recently smoked pot more than doubled from 8% to 17%.

Melissa Martin of Springfield told 22News, “It makes complete sense because you’re impaired. Whether its alcohol or marijuana, it’s an impairment, so it makes complete sense that it caused more car accidents.”

“I would question if the correlation is accurate. It certainly could be related, but I would want to see more evidence behind it,” Elizabeth Hillis of Northampton said.

This year, Question 4 on the November ballot would legalize marijuana possession for adults 21 and older. It would charge a 3.75% excise tax on marijuana sales, and would regulate the drug.


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