Nevada Traffic Deaths Plunge 10% Following Marijuana Legalization

It is the one-year anniversary of recreational marijuana in Nevada - how has the state fared?

Newly published data from the Nevada Department of Public Safety reveals an unexpected finding: traffic deaths in the state have plunged by 10 percent in the first year since recreational marijuana was legalized.

According to a report from NBC Reno, about 310 people died in traffic accidents in Nevada between July 2016 and May 2017. From July 2017 to May 2018 — the first 11-months of legal recreational marijuana — just 277 people died in car crashes across the state. KRNV noted that the Nevada Department of Public Safety was unable to provide data for June.

Marijuana became legal in Nevada on January 01, 2017. The law allows anyone 21 and older to possess marijuana and consume it from a licensed dealer.

Some of the narratives of recreational marijuana spun by opponents were that traffic fatalities and DUI arrests would surge if legalized.

The new results from the Nevada Department of Public Safety were published 4-months after a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, which suggested that there was “little evidence” that the legalization of marijuana was responsible for increases in traffic deaths in states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Researchers at the University of Oregon examined traffic accident in Colorado and Washington after legalization and cross-referenced the data with pre-legalization traffic trends.

They stated, “We find that states that legalized marijuana have not experienced significantly different rates of marijuana- or alcohol-related traffic fatalities relative to their synthetic controls.”

Researchers concluded, “In summary, the similar trajectory of traffic fatalities in Washington and Colorado relative to their synthetic control counterparts yield little evidence that the total rate of traffic fatalities has increased significantly as a consequence of recreational marijuana legalization.”

Further, opponents of marijuana said criminal activity would pick up in the state; however, none of that has occurred, as of yet.

“We haven’t seen a massive increase in any sort of marijuana-related incidents. On the criminality end, that is a huge success,” said Will Adler, Sierra Cannabis Coalition.

Separately, the Nevada Department of Taxation said in the first ten months, the state has exceeded marijuana sales projections for the entire fiscal year. So far Nevadans have spent $433.5 million on medical and recreational marijuana, which has spurred a dramatic rise in tax revenue for local governments.


SixIsNinE Above-The-Hedge Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:02 Permalink

i'm in Colorado.

the grieving process for the alcoholic crowd is in late stages of acceptance.

everyday another tard event from alcohol involved problems is exposed.  don't get me wrong. 

hard to find another IPA enthusiast as I ....

but the failed logic and utterly anti Human, anti - USA , anti - GOD practice of criminalizing and imprisoning our neighbors and families for nature's bounty was bound to boomerang and bite the alcohol crowd HARD.

every moment another serious Tard Alcohol Event is happening somewhere USA.

anyone with a smidgeon of a clue nowadays understand the Epic Fail of DEA and Big Pharma's addiction to power and control and deceit and wanton mischievousness. resulting in the massive growth of psychopathy and sociopathy.

not to mention the millions of senseless deaths from bad Big PHarma Cartels drugs.

is that drunk FBI guy who shot a fellow patron at the alcohol joint still walking around free as a bird?



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darteaus SixIsNinE Mon, 07/02/2018 - 21:38 Permalink

Here's some science regarding the association of THC and psychosis.  YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD:

"High scoring schizotypes who use cannabis are more likely to experience psychosis-like phenomena at the time of use, and unpleasant after-effects. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that cannabis use is a risk factor for full psychosis in this group."

"...THC (1) produced schizophrenia-like positive and negative symptoms..."

"...mounting evidence that the risk of cannabis-induced psychosis may be related to both dose and potency of tetrahydrocannbinol (THC)"…

"Cannabis-induced psychosis and subsequent schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: follow-up study of 535 incident cases"…

Cannabis Induced Psychosis

"Patients who were known to have taken cannabis in the form of cigarettes required admission to hospital. The features of the illness include aggressive behavior, gross psychomotor overactivity, bizarre grandiose delusions, passivity, and an amnesia for the onset of their illness. Following the acute phase of the illness a chronic picture gradually presents, lasting an indefinite time, characterised by a persistance of the amnesia, flattening of affect, and a mild-to-moderate degree of remaining thought fragmentation"

"Cannabis‐induced psychosis: a cross‐sectional comparison with acute schizophrenia"…

"Over the last five years a series of research works have been published, relating cannabis use with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. These studies have described the role that cannabis use could play in the etiology and pathology of schizophrenia, the increased risk of developing depression in adulthood..."



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SixIsNinE darteaus Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

a friend recently told me he's allergic to onions.

deathly allergic.


it's advisable to stay away from ANYTHING that doesn't agree with you.  

some folks love putting on the flying squirrel suit and jumping off cliffs.  most couldn't get away with that one.

there's a book about the history of ether and nitrous oxide.  surprisingly both were discovered in late 1700s. 

it took 50 some years before folks took it serious that you could use them to anesthesize (sic) a person for surgery.


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XBroker1 SixIsNinE Tue, 07/03/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

'They' tell us 2. 3 million die per year worldwide from alcohol related deaths; but they leave out all the kinda drunk accidents at work or really drunk accidents while driving, social conflicts that lead to death or doing things like working on the roof at home ....

I'd say, all told, the annual death toll worldwide from alcohol related events is closer to 15 million; and that's probably conservative. Heck there are at least that many annual abortions worldwide.

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gorilla biscuit Shillinlikeavillan Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:43 Permalink

Fuck off all you conservative scumbags. Go have another six pack and pass out out on the couch before you get in your car and hit a tree or another motorist. All I can say is the hippies told you so years ago, marijuana is a plant not a drug, now go stick that in your pipe and smoke it. The evidence is in. Wait five years for proof, eat shit dude just let the prisoners out who have been vilified and criminalized for nothing but possessing, lighting up,   or selling some herb, oh and by the way, if you do decide to light up don't bogart that joint my friend.    

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Truth_Hoits gorilla biscuit Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

First, I'm not your friend.

Second, you are experiencing a pot induced psychosis. You're one of the few. 

Third, I'm all for Mary Jane.

Fourth, shut the fuck up, you buzz-killer.

Fifth, a high conservative, is still better than any other kind of liberal. Anything conservative is better than anything liberal. Liberal is synonymous with leech or parasite. You mother fucker. You're a fucking virus. I'd call you a cockroach, but even a cockroach is better than a liberal. At least it's efficient and takes waste and makes use of it. A liberal is inefficient, it steals, and creates waste. What a fucking WASTE! 





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SixIsNinE dark pools of soros Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

you speak truth, dark Pools of Soros.

here's a PDF from a typical US state medical board bulletin - check the ads for the various drugs. 

you could order bottles of 1000 amphetamine pills with vitamins.   this bulletin is from Ohio.…

now here's another interesting collection of various Smith Klein French ads for Thorazine back in the 1950s and 1960s and early 1970s :

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AutoLode Four Star Mon, 07/02/2018 - 17:23 Permalink

The opioid deaths are intentional when scripts were free and easy you never heard a word about opioid related deaths it was the direct result of making clean legal scripts near impossible to get this forcing users to the black market then of course deaths skyrocketed by design. Thankfully the See Y Yah opium trade is flourishing again

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Malleus Maleficarum Four Star Mon, 07/02/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

Way to conflate opioid abuse and Cannabis use.

64,000 opioid-related deaths in 2016 (not just lethal overdoses.)

88,000 alcohol-related deaths in 2016 (not just acute alcohol poisonings.) 

0 Cannabis-related deaths.

Clearly, alcohol is the greatest threat and must be prohibited immediately! But wait...didn't we try that already? That's right! They even did it legally and properly and passed a Constitutional Amendment, too. It not only failed, it made things much worse in myriad ways. 

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vato poco Fox Mulder Mon, 07/02/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

yeah, but what the fuck? you guys always kept Scully under wraps, made her look as fun as a toothache. but Vato saw, Vato knows. every 8 or 10 episodes or so, they'd let her smile - just for a second - ahhh, but what a smile. a smile that promised mischief and frolic and delight and panties dangling off the ceiling fan.

that Scully could have won the fight against the sinister conspirators and the aliens all by herself. if nothing else, I'm pretty sure she could have fucked 'em to death

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