some interesting facts from Colorado:
Section I: Traffic Fatalities & Impaired Driving
Since recreational marijuana was legalized, marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151 percent while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35 percent
Since recreational marijuana was legalized, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 138 people killed in 2017.
o This equates to one person killed every 2 1⁄2 days compared to one person killed every 6 1⁄2 days.
The percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased from 11.43 percent in 2013 to 21.3 percent in 2017.
Section II: Marijuana Use
Colorado past month marijuana use shows a 45 percent increase in comparing the three-year average prior to recreational marijuana being legalized to the three years after legalization.
Colorado past month marijuana use for ages 12 and older is ranked 3rd in the nation and is 85 percent higher than the national average.
Really all these stats are telling you is that since it's been legal, more people are using it. These driving stats don't say the the reason behind the crash was being actively under the influence. It just says that at some point in the last few weeks they were. Should we contribute a death to alcohol if we knew they drank 5 days ago? It's also not surprising that there was an increase in usage after becoming legal thus putting their percentages higher when compared to illegal states.