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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Nevada Traffic Deaths Plunge 10% Following Marijuana Legalization

Zero Hedge

It is the one-year anniversary of recreational marijuana in Nevada – how has the state fared?

Newly published data from the Nevada Department of Public Safety reveals an unexpected finding: traffic deaths in the state have plunged by 10 percent in the first year since recreational marijuana was legalized.

According to a report from NBC Reno, about 310 people died in traffic accidents in Nevada between July 2016 and May 2017. From July 2017 to May 2018 — the first 11-months of legal recreational marijuana — just 277 people died in car crashes across the state. KRNV noted that the Nevada Department of Public Safety was unable to provide data for June.

Marijuana became legal in Nevada on January 01, 2017. The law allows anyone 21 and older to possess marijuana and consume it from a licensed dealer.

Some of the narratives of recreational marijuana spun by opponents were that traffic fatalities and DUI arrests would surge if legalized. 

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