click to enlarge Molly Walsh Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson Vermont motor vehicle deaths are likely to increase if the state legalizes marijuana, Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson predicted Tuesday.
“You are going to see more fatalities on the roadways,” Anderson said at a Statehouse meeting of the Marijuana Advisory Commission.
His conclusion came as part of a report he gave to the legislative panel in his role as chair of its highway safety subcommittee. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, another subcommittee chair, also presented Tuesday.
The commission is tasked with reporting back to the legislature with its findings in January.
Legalization of recreational marijuana has been heavily debated in Vermont. A measure passed both the House and Senate earlier this year before Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the bill.
He instead established the Marijuana Advisory Commission to gather and analyze research on various aspects of pot use, including its impact on driving, health, taxes and crime.
Anderson presented some analysis on crash data and marijuana use. As of October 23, at least 11 drivers involved in fatal