What the research says about the health benefits and risks of marijuana



A landmark federal report released in 2017 outlined what’s known about the potential health benefits and risks of marijuana use. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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  1. It wasn't banned for it's mind altering properties or it's 'negative effects' on health. Hemp was the target as it stood to kill trillions in profits for oil, cotton, and timber. Follow the money.

  2. 90% of traffic fatalities involving a driver using marijuana, marijuana wasn't the cause of the crash. Other factors like alcohol, other more toxic drugs, speed and reckless driving were key factors in fatal crashes involving marijuana.

    Both the police and AAA car insurance who are leading the fight to harshly punish drivers with fines have financial incentive to do so. Police get more revenue and AAA gets to raise premiums on everyone.

  3. Dec 28, 2016
    The decrease in traffic fatalities was particularly striking – 12 percent – in 25- to 44-year-olds, an age group with a large percentage of registered medical marijuana users, the authors report in the American Journal of Public Health.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/states-that-legalized-marijuana-saw-a-drop-in-traffic-deaths-2016-12

    Dec. 02, 2011
    States that legalize medical marijuana see fewer fatal car accidents, according to a new study, in part because people may be substituting marijuana smoking for drinking alcohol.
    http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/

    August 5, 2014
    Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/08/05/since-marijuana-legalization-highway-fatalities-in-colorado-are-at-near-historic-lows/?utm_term=.f7c6fd0471c7

    If a higher percent of the driving population wears diapers and that correlates to more driving on diaper accidents, does that mean the diapers are responsible?

  4. There's a strong indication that using sugar before driving increases the risk of a traffic accident.
    I seen marijuana driving studies, many people drive better, many people drive worse, but only slightly.

    Regardless driving on marijuana effects driving less than any prescription pain reliever and any legal punishment should be significantly less than alcohol.

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