Stoned Driver Crash Risk Grows as Legal Pot Spreads in the U.S.
Car accidents are happening more frequently in
states that have fully legalized marijuana.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
announced the finding in two new studies.
The group compared car crash insurance claims in
four states that legalized pot to nearby states.
It found the frequency of the claims rose about
six percent higher than in states where pot is illegal.
In another study, it found a five percent increase
in the rate of crashes in states that legalized pot.
David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute,
said the findings were concerning.
“We’re seeing a consistently higher crash risk in
those states that have legalized marijuana,” he said.