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Regression models were adjusted for
state demographics, the unemployment
rate, state fixed effects, and year fixed
effects.
FINDINGS:
Legalizing medical marijuana was
associated with a 19.5% reduction in the
expected number of workplace fatalities
among workers aged 25-44.
(incident rate ratio [IRR], 0.805; 95%
CI, .662-.979).
The association between legalizing
medical marijuana and workplace
fatalities among workers aged 16-24,
although negative, was not statistically
significant at conventional levels.
The association between legalizing
medical marijuana and (reduced) work-
place fatalities among workers aged 25-
44 grew stronger over time.
Five years after coming into effect, MMLs
were associated with a 33.7%
reduction in the expected number of
workplace fatalities.
(incident rate ratio [IRR], 0.663; 95% CI, .482-.912).
MMLs that listed pain as a qualifying condition or allowed collec-
tive cultivation were associated with larger reductions in fatalities
among workers aged 25-44 than those that did not.
CONCLUSIONS:
The results provide evidence that legalizing medical marijuana
improved workplace safety for workers aged 25-44.
Further investigation is required to determine whether this result
is attributable to reductions in the consumption of alcohol and
other substances that impair cognitive function, memory and
motor skills.
(Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30092547 ; Copyright
2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.)
NIH: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Improved Workplace Safety
5 years after coming into effect MMLs associated with 33.7% less workplace fatalities
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Results provide evidence that legalizing
medical marijuana improved workplace
safety for workers aged 25-44
A recently published study from the National In-
stitutes of Health (NIH) has provided conclusive
evidence dispelling unfounded fears, and years
of false propaganda, concerning medicinal use of
Cannabis, aka Marijuana, in the workplace.
The abstract from the study is provided here.
2018 Oct; 60:33-39. doi: 10.1016/j.drug-
po.2018.07.008.
Epub 2018 Aug 6.
Medical marijuana laws and workplace
fatalities in the United States.
Anderson DM1, Rees DI2, Tekin E3.
Abstract
AIMS:
The aim of this research was to determine the
association between legalizing medical marijuana
and workplace fatalities.
DESIGN:
Repeated cross-sectional data on workplace
fatalities at the state-year level were analyzed
using a multivariate Poisson regression.
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SETTING:
To date, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the
use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Although there is increasing concern that legalizing medical mari-
juana will make workplaces more dangerous, little is known about
the relationship between medical marijuana laws (MMLs) and
workplace fatalities.
PARTICIPANTS:
All 50 states and the District of Columbia for the period 1992-
2015.
MEASUREMENTS:
Workplace fatalities by state and year were obtained from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Medical Marijuana Laws [MMLs] that listed
pain as a qualifying condition or allowed
collective cultivation were associated with
larger reductions in fatalities among workers
aged 25-44 than those that did not.