Medical marijuana is improving safety in the workplace

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Workplace accidents continue to decline in states that have legalized medical marijuana programs

It is clearer in recent times how cannabis legislation has come to reshape the way the world approaches health and wellness – not only physical health but also mental wellbeing. The states in which cannabis is legal might already be experiencing important improvements that won’t be noticed unless an analysis occurs, but researchers from the University of Cincinnati Ash Blue College and Temple University presented the results of a new study that observes how worker’s compensation claims are significantly reduced in states with medical marijuana legislation. It’s too early to say that cannabis creates safety, but it can easily be said that it certainly doesn’t make things worse.

This is the first study of its kind, and it was published at the journal Health Economics last week, showing a 6.7% decline in these types of claims in legal, medical marijuana states. The study conducted interviews with at least 150,000 US residents, a sample the authors consider to be “quite modest in size.”

“Our estimates show that post [medical marijuana law], [workers’ compensation] claiming declines, both the propensity to claim and the level of income from WC,” is written in the study. “These findings offer suggestive evidence that, post [medical marijuana law], workers use marijuana medically to treat symptoms associated with work-related injuries and illnesses and that marijuana is effective in reducing symptom burden associated with these ailments.”

In addition, this study also reports another positive outcome for the workplace, which saw an increase in the “work capacity among older adults, reduce work absences, improve workplace safety, and reduce [workers’ compensation] claiming and the pain and suffering associated with workplace injuries.”