Why it matters: The correlation between the legalization of adult-use cannabis and an increase in car accidents has been a major concern for opponents of legalization. However, a recent study conducted in Toronto found that cannabis legalization was not associated with an increase in car accidents.
What they are saying: The study found that “neither the Canadian Cannabis Act nor the number of cannabis stores per capita is associated with concomitant changes in (traffic safety) outcomes.” The research is consistent with other Canadian studies that found no evidence of an uptick in traffic accidents in the years following cannabis legalization.
The big picture: The findings of the study challenge the idea that cannabis legalization leads to an increase in car accidents. However, the issue remains a political one, with anti-cannabis lawmakers pushing for stricter laws and testing measures to detect stoned driving.
What to watch: Researchers are still working to develop accurate testing measures to detect cannabis impairment while driving. In the meantime, legislators need to address the taxation and legalization of cannabis on a federal level, which would allow for a legal market that can be properly studied and regulated.
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