Washington has had access to legalised cannabis for some time now, being one of the first major states with some sort of cannabis reform, kicking the door down and setting a precedent for other states to follow. Since then, there has been numerous major instances of cannabis being legalised across the country. However, it is still essential for legalised states to provide reports and findings which show the impacts of legalised cannabis, whether these be positive or negative, to help further the industry and advise newly legalised states and the like with a road-map for which to follow.
In their second formal assessment on the impact of legalization in the wake of the implementation of I-502, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) issued the next regularly scheduled report – and suffice to say, the news was very positive, unless you are still relying on tired and debunked prohibitionist talking points.
Key takeaways from the WSIPP report:
– Found no evidence that greater levels of legal cannabis sales caused increases in overall adult cannabis use
– Found no impact on hard drug use in adolescents or adults
– Found no evidence that state medical marijuana laws caused an increase in property and violent crimes reported by the FBI but did find evidence of decreased homicide and assault associated with medical legalization
– Found evidence that nonmedical legalization in Washington and Oregon may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates
– Found that among respondents under age 21, those living in counties with higher sales were significantly less likely to report use of cannabis in the past 30 days
– Found no evidence of effects of the amount of legal cannabis sales on indicators of youth cannabis use in grades 8, 10, and 12
Original post from NORML