New Studies Link Car Crashes and Legal Pot

Two new studies have found a link between legalized marijuana and car accidents.

The latest research comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Highway Loss Data Institute. It found a 6% increase in highway crashes in four of the states where adult-use marijuana has been legalized. This is the second year of findings suggesting a correlation between legal pot use and highway crashes.

Correlation is the key word here. The researchers are careful to point out that they have found no direct causal relationship between pot legalization and car crashes. But “we’re seeing a trend in the wrong direction,” IIHS President David Harkey told NBC News.

Read more about the findings here