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Washington’s Legal Weed Appears to Be Making Idaho’s Roads Safer

Washington’s Legal Weed Appears to Be Making Idaho’s Roads Safer

Lester Black | Nov 29, 2019

Some of Washington and Colorado’s conservative neighbors were anxious when the states made history and legalized weed in 2012. They were worried foolish voters legalizing drugs in one state would bring a nasty criminal element to surrounding states. Nebraska and Oklahoma even sued Colorado over what they claimed were harmful effects of legalization leaking into their states (the lawsuit died after the Supreme Court declined to hear their case).

But new research is showing that our neighbors should probably have said thank you when we legalized weed.

A new study from Utah State University (USU) found that Idaho saw a significant decrease in alcohol-related car crashes after Washington started selling legal pot in 2014. And, interestingly, that decrease in car crashes grew more substantial in areas closer to the Washington state border, and the legal pot that was on the other side.

Washington’s Legal Weed Appears to Be Making Idaho’s Roads Safer






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