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Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Sales have generated some revenue, but at a tremendous cost. Start with this:
Every 2½ days, someone dies in a marijuana-related traffic collision.
More than half of Colorado marijuana users told one survey they believed it was safe to drive after consuming pot. So it sadly is not surprising that state records show the number of traffic fatalities in which the driver tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 2013, the last year before legalization, to 2017.
In addition, collision insurance claims were 12.5 percent higher in Colorado compared to three neighboring states, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The police-reported crash rate was 7.4 percent higher.
Detecting marijuana impairment is not straight forward, leading the insurance institute to suggest the higher crash rates “might be related to the lack of practical enforcement options. Ineffective enforcement may encourage drivers to engage in this risky behavior.”
Click here to read more about the dismal results from Colorado.