It’s truly amazing how alcohol remained legal while cannabis was illegal. It’s really a wake up call and allows individuals to see the truth. Mass marketing campaigns over the years were developed to classify pot as a harmful drug, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is not why it was illegal, because alcohol is much more damaging to our biology than weed is. While weed remained illegal, a number of studies clearly indicated its medicinal properties, and medicinal potential for multiple diseases. This substance has remained illegal simply because it’s been a threat to big pharma, among other industries. Now that Cannabis has been legalized in Canada, the government and big pharma are heavily involved and want to be the only ones who sell it. That’s why we advocate and help people obtain their ACMPR license, so they can grow their own marijuana. This way, you know exactly what’s in it and how it’s grown.
Concerns about road safety are now popping up as a concern regarding the legalization of weed. Regardless of studies, nobody should really be driving when they are high. That being said, a new study from Kansas State University examined lots of data in multiple ways. The study states that “[L]egalizing marijuana is not found to be a statistically significant predictor of fatality rates. This finding means that the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes is not associated with either a reduction or increase in fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled.”
When we look at some more statistics, following the City Council’s 2010 approval of medical marijuana traffic fatalities were lower in Washington, D.C., and were lower than in Utah or Virginia, which prohibited all cannabis use. (Utah approved a medical marijuana law last November, but that was after the period covered by the study.
According to the author, “According to the models, the recent upward trend of traffic fatality rates nationwide is not a result of medical marijuana legalization. In fact, the legalization of marijuana is not found to be a predictor of traffic fatalities. “These findings suggest that concerns of policy makers and the public that legalizing marijuana will worsen road safety are not entirely founded.”