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Car insurance rates to increase in states with legal marijuana

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Vermont Voters Warned A Vote for Legal Pot is a Vote for Higher Insurance Rates

Reprinted with permission from Statehouse Headliners

By Guy Page
October 25, 2018 – Car insurance rates are likely to increase 4-6% in states with legal marijuana, a leading insurance industry actuary says.

“You’re looking at an increase of around 4 to 6 percent in overall coverage,” James Lynch, chief actuary of the Insurance Information Institute told the Boston Herald October 24, 2018. Even if drivers don’t smoke pot themselves, their insurance rates will increase regardless, Lynch said.

A 6 percent increase in insurance premiums on all 615,950 registered vehicles in Vermont would cost about $28.3 million. The average Vermont car insurance premium is $764, according to Reviews.com. A 6% increase would add $46 in annual premiums, for a total of $810. Continue reading Car insurance rates to increase in states with legal marijuana

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Three Letters to the Editor on Marijuana Impaired Driving

Driving under influence of marijuana more deadly

Lawmakers rushed to legalize recreational marijuana. They didn’t think it through. They wanted the tax revenue it would generate.

They know what driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs can do. There are laws on the books for such offenses. But there are no laws on the books for driving under the influence of marijuana, and there is no test, either. Continue reading Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

California: Are you ready for the rise in traffic deaths?

Joseph Bresnyan, a 40-year-old father of four, was killed by a stoned driver while changing a flat tire along Interstate 80 near Sacramento on May 3.  The other driver tested positive for  THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.   When pot shops start selling recreational marijuana next week, California will need to prepare for more drivers under the influence of pot.  Californians, beware!! Continue reading California: Are you ready for the rise in traffic deaths?

High Means DUI launches in San Diego

California legalized marijuana without figuring out how to test for and prevent stoned driving.  To counter this problem before commercial pot dispensaries open in January, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) officially launched a campaign in San Diego two weeks ago.   “High Means DUI” will combat the perception that driving under the influence of marijuana is safe.   It will also increase public awareness across the nation and support policies to reduce the prevalence of driving while high.

There were 3,335 marijuana-related U.S. driving fatalities in 2016, according to a statisticians Alfred Crancer and Phillip Drum.  The percentage of marijuana-DUI drivers in fatal crashes is getting close the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol. In states that have legalized marijuana, marijuana DUI comprise 24 % of fatal crashes. In Washington, the difference Continue reading High Means DUI launches in San Diego