According to a recent insurance study, the legalization of marijuana in some states has caused an increase in car accidents.
The Highway Loss Data Institute has claimed that car accidents in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon has increased 2.7% since the legalization of marijuana. They have studied claims from January of 2012 to October of 2016.
Matt Moore, the senior Vice President of the Institute made this statement in the Chicago Tribute: "We believe that the data is saying that crash risk increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana."
Eight states have legalized marijuana, including Washington D.C.
An Institute for Highway Safety spokesman explained that with marijuana being such a new legalized substance, "there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana and driving."
The Highway Loss Data Institute hopes their data will be taken into consideration when other states contemplate legalizing marijuana.