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Collision claims are 9.7 percent higher in Washington due to legal marijuana, report says

 

March 27, 2019



Legal recreational marijuana in Washington may be associated with an increase in traffic accidents and claims in the state, according to a new report by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). The report states that collision claim frequency is 9.7 percent higher in Washington than in nearby states without legal recreational marijuana.

Studies about the impact of marijuana use and auto crashes are still in the early stages, but evidence is suggesting that more collisions occur where recreational marijuana is legal. Colorado’s claim frequency is 12.5 percent higher than neighboring states without legalized marijuana, for example.

In addition to the loss of life and property, incre...



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