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What Are The After Effects of Cannabis Legalization?

August 12, 2020 03:02 pm ET

In this week’s frequently asked question we go over what has happened since cannabis was legalized in many states. We’ve noticed the ripple effect its had on teen used and that’s its decline since 2017. Legalized cannabis has freed up police to work on other issues not related to cannabis violations. Also, tax money has been widely used on education and social equality. We’re excited for the future and where cannabis will take us. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments down below.

Video Transcript:

This week, we’re taking a closer look at the question: What are the after-effects of cannabis legalization?

Last week, the Healthy Kids Colorado survey showed that marijuana use among teens has declined since 2017.

Additionally, a July 2019 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that recreational cannabis laws were associated with an 8 percent decrease in the likelihood of teens trying cannabis.

Meanwhile, in California, where medical cannabis was legalized in 1996, the crime rate in the state has dropped by a whopping 20 percent.

This incredible figure strongly suggests that legalizing cannabis frees up police to address other criminal issues as the illegal cannabis market dissolves.

Since legalization, the cannabis industry has generated tax revenue that is being poured back into communities, improving education, and enacting social equity reform. The R3 Program in Illinois, for example, offers grants to communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

These early effects of cannabis legalization are only the beginning. We are excited to report more after-effects of legalization as the future unfolds.

This is Sam, signing off. See you next week.

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