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Mix of cannabis and alcohol possible driver of higher rates of vehicle crashes

A highway safety agency out of the United States reports evidence is building that crash rates rise in U.S. states with legalized recreational cannabis, but wouldn’t go so far as to say the increase is wholly the result of weed.

Citing recently completed studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the group note that “crash rates spiked” in states with legalized adult-use cannabis and related retail stores. Those states were California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

IIHS-HLDI’s most recent research, part of a series of studies that date back to 2014, looks at how crash rates and insurance claims are affected in weed-legal states.

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