All eyes have been on the States of Colorado and Washington to see if there are repercussions for public safety and health due to legalization of recreational marijuana.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently urged caution to other states where legalization is being discussed.  Marijuana, he said, “doesn’t make people smarter, doesn’t make people healthier,” and puts young people especially at risk.  Read his comments in this article published in the Washington Post.

A recent study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) examined if the proportions of drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash who were marijuana-positive and alcohol-impaired had changed in Colorado. It then compared changes in Colorado with 34 non-medical marijuana states.  Findings showed an increased number of marijuana-positive Colorado drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes since Colorado’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2009. During the same time period, there was no change in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal motor vehicle crashes in either Colorado or the 34 then non-medical marijuana states.  Read the full study.

We will follow the advice of Governor Hickenlooper and will continue to explore the facts as they present themselves.