Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana does not come without health hazards.

New research shows that while it led to a decline in hospitalizations for chronic pain, there were increases in traffic crashes, alcohol abuse and drug overdoses in the state. However, there was no significant increase in overall hospital admissions.

“We need to think carefully about the potential health effects of substantially enhancing the accessibility of cannabis, as has been done now in the majority of states,” said study senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus, associate chief of cardiology for research at the University of California, San Francisco.

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