A primary concern pertaining to the legalization of recreational marijuana pertains to motor vehicle crashes and fatalities. Since driving represents an active task, drivers must be physically and cognitively at a high-performance level. Since marijuana affects cognition and reduces reaction time, its use definitively affects driving capabilities. This section will focus on crash and fatality rates not only by strict numbers but also in relation to legalization.
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