Oregon: UO Professor's Work Cited In Recent Stories On Marijuana Research
By Derrick Stanley
A study which was recently released showing that traffic fatalities have declined in states with legal medical marijuana agrees with earlier work done by a University of Oregon economist.
UO economics professor Benjamin Hansen had concluded the same in a much earlier study.
“Public safety doesn’t decrease with increased access to marijuana, rather it improves,” Hansen told Reuters Health when contacted about the new research. The latest study came from researchers at Columbia University, a study in which Hansen was not involved.
He warned, however, that the studies did not prove that marijuana was the reason for the drop in fatalities and that marijuana can impair driving.
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