States with legal medical marijuana have seen a drop in workplace deaths


A recent study suggests that states that adopt medical marijuana laws see a decline in workplace fatalities among young adult workers. The study’s authors suggest this could happen because young adults in those states use marijuana instead of more dangerous drugs like alcohol and opioids.

The widespread adoption of medical marijuana laws may be having an unexpected effect: making workplaces safer.
Several states have adopted medical marijuana laws in the last several years. A recent study seems to suggest that states with such laws saw a subsequent drop in the number of workplace fatalities among young adult workers.

The study, by economists Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado, and Erdal Tekin of American University in the October 2018 issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, looked at how fatal workplace injuries changed after states adopted medical marijuana laws.

The biggest result that they found was a 19.5% decrease in fatal work injuries among 25- to 44-year-old workers in states that adopted medical marijuana laws, after controlling for various demographic and economic factors. While the analysis found a smaller reduction

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