Although Rhode Island has not legalized the recreational use of marijuana, that doesn't prevent people from joining in the April 20 celebrations that have been going on across the nation for more than 25 years. According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, though, this self-proclaimed holiday may be responsible for an increase in fatal car crashes.
The conclusion isn't a surprising one since, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use impairs driving abilities. Researchers found that every April 20, there is an increase in the number of fatal car crashes.. The trend was detected in most, but not all, states.