New studies find car crashes increase in states with recreational pot sales

New studies find car crashes increase in states with recreational pot sales


GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR 22NEWS AT NOON. I’M RICH TETTEMER… TWO NEW STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT THE NUMBER OF HIGHWAY CRASHES HAVE INCREASED IN STATES WHERE MARIJUANA HAS BEEN LEGALIZED. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO … NOW THAT RETAIL POT SALES HAVE STARTED IN MASSACHUSETTS. TAYLOR RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES BEGAN IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS JUST OVER A WEEK AGO. BUT, TWO NEWLY RELEASED STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT HIGHWAY CRASHES HAVE INCREASED BY 6 PERCENT IN FOUR STATES THAT ALLOW THE USE OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA … THAT’S NEVADA, COLORADO, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON. CURRENTLY, THERE’S NO EASY WAY FOR POLICE TO TEST IF SOMEONE IS DRIVING WHILE HIGH, BUT PEOPLE IN NORTHAMPTON THINK THAT SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, NOW THAT RETAIL POT SALES HAVE STARTED. THOMAS DEVINE, NORTHAMPTON “I THINK IT’S A TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEM. BUT AS SOON AS THE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES AVAILABLE, IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING. JEREMY VINES, GREENFIELD “I BET YOU THERE WILL BE SPOMETHING LIKE THAT IN THE FUTURE.” TAYLOR: RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT USING MARIJUANA SLOWS REACTION TIME AND YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS — WHICH INCREASES YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING INTO AN ACCIDENT IF YOU DRIVE HIGH. TAYLOR POLICE CAN STILL ARREST SOMEONE WHO IS SUSPECTED OF DRIVING IMPAIRED