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Colorado University Study - Medical Marijuana Saves Lives

November 29, 2011 - A study released in the Colorado Independent Tuesday by the University of Colorado Denver indicates that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces alcohol consumption and, as a result, alcohol-related traffic deaths without a corresponding increase in deaths caused by stoned drivers.

The study, hailed as “groundbreaking” by the University, is the first to examine the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on the prevalence of traffic fatalities. Researchers analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, and in those states that have legalized medical marijuana they found that alcohol consumption went down among those 20 to 29 years old, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.  As reported the big difference is that stoned drivers KNOW they're stoned, but drunk drivers often don't.  “The real story is that by just making marijuana legal for a small segment of society, there is significantly less alcohol use and less alcohol related deaths.”