Legal Marijuana Causes Spike in Addictions, Car Crashes Across US

The full or partial legalization of marijuana is causing trouble all across America, particularly in the most liberal, left-leaning states, studies show.

This is including soaring addiction levels and a spike in the number of car crashes.

Legalized Cannabis Gets More Car Crashes, Including Fatal Ones

The past decade has seen an all-out push by the radical left for the legalization of marijuana not just at the state level, but also at the federal level. For the time being, the latter effort has been unsuccessful.

At present, 37 of 50 US states allow the medical use of marijuana. 19 almost entirely Democrat-run states have made its “recreational” use fully legal. Another 12 states decriminalized it.

However, a new study based on recent reports about the negative effects or even dangers of the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis use is now raising alarm bells.

Thus, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Colorado, the legalization of cannabis use has led to a 5.8% increase in the number of traffic crashes.

That includes a 4.1% increase in the number of fatal traffic incidents. The report compared car crash data between 2009 and 2019 in different states, some of which legalized marijuana and others that didn’t.

The situation has been the worst in Colorado, which saw a 17.8% increase in car crashes after legalizing marijuana. California’s increase is at 5.7%.

The study’s lead researcher, Charles Farmer, pointed out, as cited by The Daily Mail, that the legalization of marijuana does come at a price.

He noted that legalization removed the once powerful “stigma of marijuana use” and made it “readily available,” which brought about more intoxicated drivers who tend to go outside their lanes.

More Damning Findings about Effects of Marijuana Legalization

Another report on the downsides of legal “recreational use” of marijuana discovered that the rate of drug use “grows faster” after it is legalized.

The results from the study by Columbia University and The City University of New York led its lead author, Prof. Renee Goodwin, to warn of a “potential explosion” of cannabis users after its use gets “treated as normal.”

She noted there are substantially more cannabis users in the states which made the smoking of weed legal.

More research from earlier this month published by the University of Michigan warned that nine-year-old children are now seeking to try marijuana and they get such desires from pro-cannabis “messaging from parents.”

A report by King’s College London and University College London concluded that teens are three times more likely than adults to succumb to marijuana addiction, which makes it more likely they will suffer from anxiety or depression.

New research from Canada, which decriminalized marijuana use back in 2018, discovered its users are 22% “more likely” to find themselves in an emergency room.

A Rutgers University study published last month said cannabis users are more negative and aggressive in their romantic relationships, too.

This article appeared in BeyondNews and has been published here with permission.