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Why the latest news on marijuana and car crashes has some experts skeptical

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Cars drive past a billboard advertising the belief that marijuana is safer than alcohol or football alongside a highway in Newark, New Jersey, Jan. 2014. /Photo: Reuters

Other studies have found no significant effect in the number of crashes since the first three states legalized marijuana sales

By Daniel C. Vock | Governing

States that legalized marijuana sales have higher rates of car crashes than neighboring states that don’t allow pot sales. At least, that’s what researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance group, concluded, after scouring 2.5 million insurance claims that drivers filed over the past three years.

The group found that Colorado, Oregon and Washington all saw increases in damage reports compared to other states. That was true even after its researchers tried to take into account weather, types of vehicles, population density and other variables that might otherwise explain the increases.

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