Contrary to the fears of some reforms to states’ marijuana laws are not adversely associated with changes in teen use rates – traffic safety – workplace performance or overall crime.
These statewide trends mimic national trends.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health the percentage of teens currently using cannabis has fallen 21 percent since 2002.
Recent studies also find no ill effects on traffic safety.
According to a 2016 study medical cannabis legalization is associated with a reduction in traffic fatalities – particularly among those between the ages of 25 and 44.
A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Public Health similarly reported ‘no significant association between recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado and subsequent changes in motor vehicle fatality rates in the first three years after recreational marijuana legalization.… ‘[W]e also found no association between recreational marijuana legalization and total crash rates when analyzing available state-reported nonfatal crash statistics’.
A review of FBI crime data also concluded that changes to cannabis’ legal status ‘precedes a reduction’ in violent criminal activity.
A 2017 study reports that licensed cannabis retailers provide ‘over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented’.
Further – tax revenue from regulated production and sales is well beyond initial expectations.
In Colorado for instance revenues from legal adult use cannabis sales have surpassed half a billion dollars since 2014.
Tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in Oregon and Washington have also greatly exceeded regulators’ expectations.
Economic data compiled by Leafly.com identifies some 150,000 fulltime jobs specific to the legal cannabis industry.