Highway crashes up in states that legalized marijuana

Daily News Article - October 22, 2018

Questions

1. What did a study find about the connection between a state’s legalization of recreational marijuana and the number of highway car crashes?

2. a) List the states that were included in the Highway Safety study.
b) List all of the states where recreational marijuana has been legalized. (Not just decriminalized, but legalized)

3. What factors were considered in this study?

4. Why is it currently not possible to determine if drivers that caused a car crash were under the influence of marijuana?

5. a) What conclusion does David Harkey of the Highway Loss Institute make about the legalization of marijuana?
b) What recommendation does he make?

6. a) Define the term ‘no-brainer.’
b) What do you think: should the results of this study make a state that is considering legalizing recreational marijuana a “no-brainer”? Explain your answer.

7. Consider this study linking car crashes to marijuana legalization. Read any/all of the following articles detailing the negative effects of recreational marijuana.

a) What responsibility do lawmakers in your state have to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana?
b) What responsibility do voters in your state have to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Explain your answers.