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Younger workers injured at higher rates in recreational pot states



February 26, 2024


Younger workers have become injured on the job at higher rates than their older counterparts in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, according to a study published Friday in the JAMA Health Forum.  

 

Researchers from San Diego State University, Bentley University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside found that recreational marijuana law adoption correlated with a statistically significant increase in workplace injuries among workers between the ages of 20 and 34 between 2006 and 2020.

 

Recreational marijuana laws were associated with a 12.9% increase in workplace injuries per 100 full-time employees, the study shows.

 

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