Rand Study On Medical Pot Among Year's Worst, Scientific American Says

Remember that Rand Corporation study from earlier this year that claimed crime actually increased in L.A. neighborhoods where cops closed medical marijuana dispensaries? The one that forgot to include crime statistics compiled by the Los Angeles Police Department?? The one that Rand had to retract because it was pretty much completely worthless???

Well, if you do, it will come as no surprise that the Santa Monica-based think tank's somewhat, uh, flawed, report is number five on Scientific American's list of 2011's biggest retractions.

You can read more about that particular blunder here.

But despair not, oh ye advocates of medical ganja, for the year's end brings great tidings of the many miracles this wondrous weed is visiting upon our land.  Forget about crime, let's talk drunk driving!  Oh wait, that's also a crime. But anyway, what was I saying? Ah yes, let's celebrate a brand new study that purports to show how states that have allowed the medical use of marijuana have seen a drop in both traffic fatalities and beer sales.

The report, by D. Mark Anderson, an economics professor with Montana Sate University, and the University of Colorado's Daniel Rees claims a 9 percent decrease in traffic-related deaths in the 13 states that had legalized medical marijuana as of 2009, according to an article in Montana's Missoulian newspaper. The report also shows that beer consumption in those states has decreased by five percent.

That's nice, although it doesn't necessarily mean that the dwindling beer drinkers are turning to pot rather than Maker's Mark or meth, for that matter. Moreover, the math on the traffic fatalities seems a little fuzzy, too. While the report shows a decrease in fatal accidents at nights and on weekends, when many drunk drivers typically roam the road, that's not the same as proving a direct correlation between medical marijuana and a drop in drunk driving.

In fact, as the newspaper points out, one of the report's own authors admits that the drop in traffic fatalities could be related to just about anything, including the simple possibility that fewer people are driving, which raises another compelling question for men and women of science: does smoking pot make you more likely to sit on your ass rather than leave your house?

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medical alarm
medical alarm

Very very interesting post..I like this one. gotta bookmark this one. 

Matthew Meyer
Matthew Meyer

"Sitting on your ass" was not the study authors' point; it was speculated, rather, that people use cannabis at home, since there are presently no legitimate "bars" for cannabis consumption as with alcohol.

If that's true, it's possible that people are just as impaired with cannabis as with alcohol, but they aren't driving anywhere.

Nice you got your rocks off using the word "ass" and insulting "stoners," but your journalism will be higher quality when you pay more attention to facts.

Norman Gooding
Norman Gooding

The retraction of a study does not signify that the study was wrong,especially when Rand does all statistics research for the ONDCP,,wouldn't do to have ONDCP's pet research org to find anything positive if it relates to marijuana.

It signaled more that it was not what the government wants to hear than it was wrong.

ShannieLammie
ShannieLammie

The "worthless" study that was removed due to LA City Attorney pressure contained some insightful background/history about LA dispensaries and law enforcement. It is still available here for those who would like to evaluate it for themselves: http://americansforsafeaccess....

Curtis Creek
Curtis Creek

Really, the study was retracted because their sample wasn't sufficiently large and their time frame long enough to support the conclusions. Not because the data or the conclusions were wrong. And didn't the Scientific American article say "Top five retracted studies...", rather than "worst studies"? There is a difference, you do realize that, right?

rsteeb
rsteeb

Study THIS: To keep Cannabis illegal while tobacco and alcohol are dispensed freely would be *MURDEROUSLY STUPID*.

Any questions?

Susan
Susan

If you are sitting on your ass, you are smoking the wrong cannabis. There is a plethora of scientific information to guide a person to the correct type for their illness or condition. If someone wants to sit on their ass, they will do so with or without cannabis. 

Vengtoo
Vengtoo

Sounds like they might be a little biased to me dude. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

...and don't forget tomorrow night!

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