While medical marijuana advocates will politely ask them to stop talking whenever the subject arises, there are many cannabis users who will claim that the task of operating a motor vehicle is safer when the driver is a bit stoned.
Turns out that researchers crunching traffic data from 13 states — including car- and cannabis-crazy California — arrived at a similar conclusion, only with an extra hitch: Drivers in states with medical marijuana laws are not only safer, they're more sober.
A 9 percent drop in traffic fatalities and a 5 percent drop in beer sales were observed in states where cannabis is legal, according to a study conducted by economics professors at the University of Colorado-Denver and Montana State University.
Something to consider: Traffic deaths are the leading cause of death among Americans ages five to 34, and as MADD reminds us, drinking-and-driving-related fatalities affect even the sober. So medical marijuana makes the roads safer for everyone.