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Department of Economics

Driving Under the Influence: The Relationship between Marijuana Legislation and Traffic Fatalities

Research completed by Nicholas Shi, graduated 2020 with Honors in Economics.

Abstract of research: This research explores the effect of decriminalization and legalization of marijuana on traffic fatalities in the United States. After a comprehensive research of marijuana laws across the United States, I group marijuana legalization into four stages. The results show that current marijuana legislation in the State influences traffic fatalities and behaviors related to traffic fatalities depending on the stage the State is in and transitioning into.