New studies find car crashes increase in states with recreational pot sales

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Two new studies have found that the number of highway crashes has increased in states where marijuana has been legalized. 

Recreational marijuana sales began in western Massachusetts just over one week ago. But, two newly released studies have found that highway crashes have increased by 6 percent in four states that allow the use of recreational marijuana; Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. 

With recreational marijuana shops now open in Northampton and Leicester, the concern for those using marijuana while driving is rising. 

“I think it’s foolish for anyone to drive in any kind of state of impairment,” said Thomas Devine of Northampton. “I would certainly advise people who are smoking not to drive.”

Research has found that using marijuana slows reaction time and your ability to make decisions which increases your chance of getting into an accident if you drive high. 

Currently, there’s no easy way for police to test if someone is driving while high, but people in Northampton think that should be a top priority for law enforcement, now that retail pot sales have started. 

“I bet you there will be something like that in the future,” Jeremy Vines of Greenfield told 22News. 

Police can still arrest someone who is suspected of driving impaired because of drugs. 

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