According to the Washington Post, in an article dated August 5, Colorado Department of Transportation records are showing an all time low for traffic accidents in the state since the legalization of marijuana in 2012. When the ballot, in 2012, included the "making pot legal in Colorado" question, those that were against it were complaining and warning that making pot legal in Colorado would result in a surge of traffic accidents and people driving impaired. Fortunately it looks like this was completely wrong and some scientists are pointing out that this may be the case due to people turning to pot instead of alcohol while driving which would naturally result in lower DWI accident cases.
When you smoke marijuana as opposed to drinking alcohol, while driving, naturally you are less impaired. We have all heard the facts, there arr no cases anywhere that talk about someone dying from smoking marijuana. Now doing something utterly dumb while "high" can not count. Smoking pot does result in a lower rate of fighting and high energy levels which naturally would have people wanting to do things violently because getting a natural high off pot results in a calm effect. So because the Colorado Highway Patrol and Dept. of Transportation has seen a drop in impaired traffic accidents, more states are looking towards the possibility or making pot legal.
New York is currently in the spotlight, as pro-pot supporters are demanding a change in the highway patrol because they seem to be targeting pot users more than necessary when other states nationwide are making pot smoking legal and seeing a positive effect both in economy of the state as well as people's health and even, in Colorado's case, lower impaired traffic accidents. Although the results look very positive for Colorado, the Washington Post reveals, "While some studies have shown that the number of drivers involved in fatal collisions who test positive for marijuana has steadily increased as pot has become more available, other studies have shown that overall traffic fatalities in those states have dropped. Again, because the pot tests only measure for recent pot use, not inebriation, there’s nothing inconsistent about those results."
It is safe to think, although, when one checks out the economy improvement in Colorado, since the legalization of pot, that things seem to be getting better there because of the new law. Most people already know of the tremendous health benefits of smoking marijuana, but here is a bit of a refresher course. Some retorted health benefits of the herb are:
- It can be used to treat Glaucoma.
- It may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health.
- It can help control epileptic seizures.
- It decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet's Syndrome.
- A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading.
- It may decrease anxiety.
- THC, in marijuana slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
- Eases the pain of multiple sclerosis.
- Lessens the side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.
- It treats inflammatory bowel diseases.
- It relieves arthritis discomfort.
- It keeps you skinny and helps your metabolism.
- It improves the symptoms of Lupus, an autoimmune disorder.
- It spurs creativity in the brain.
- It could be able to eliminate Crohn's diseases.
- It soothes tremors in people with Parkinson's disease.
- Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD.
- Marijuana protects the brain after a stroke.
- It might protect the brain from concussions and trauma.
- It can help eliminate nightmares.
- It reduces some of the terrible pain and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite.
- Marijuana can help people trying to cut back on drinking by replacing the bottle.