Marijuana, Cannabis, Weed or whatever you call it but it has a separate fan base and hater base in the world right now. Some major countries like Australia, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and many more have decriminalized weed in their region. Canada legalized marijuana last year in the month of October.
An online dispensary Canada has emerged in a large manner so now eligible people can buy weed online from sites like weedsmart. In the 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized Marijuana. Several States have made it legal for recreational use, which is the ultimate goal for groups trying to fully legalize weed. It has been more 5 years since the decriminalization of weed, and the numbers are in so we can finally look at some of the effects of legalizing weed.
First off, let’s look at the givens. Legalizing weed adds tax revenue; that’s obvious. Colorado expects multi-million dollars jump in tax revenue from weed sales this year alone. Legalizing weed also adds jobs. It’s estimated by the Marijuana Industry Group that over 30,000 people now work in the weed industry in Colorado, nearly 7,000 of which started in the first half of this year. Most were already working in Colorado’s medical marijuana industry prior to 2014. And the weed industry only accounts for about .04 percent of Colorado’s workforce. So, those numbers shouldn’t be overblown, but sales are good and further job growth is expected. Those are the things that we know for sure. They have a direct causal relationship to the change in the law. But there are also things that we can’t directly tie to law. These have a corollary relationship but are still worth mentioning as they may allay some fears.
Anti-legalization groups feared that legalizing recreational weed would lead to an increase in driving fatalities. There is no direct evidence of that. In fact, the numbers of driving fatalities were down in the first half of the last year. They also feared that there would be an increase in hard drug use and people will buy Anavar online. But no, people are actually using less hard synthetic drugs now than they were fifteen or twenty years ago.
They feared that more high school-aged kids would be smoking weed. Again, no. And they feared that there would be a spike in violent crime and crime in general but there hasn’t been. The crime rate is actually trending down. So, does that mean that weed makes our highways, high schools, and streets safer? No, there is no direct connection between legalizing recreational marijuana and any of these statistics. We can’t prove causation, but we can show that since weed became legal, things have not gotten worse.
So, are there any proven negatives to come out of the time since Marijuana has been legalized? Yes, sort of. Not really. There is some anecdotal evidence that the general public isn’t quite ready for edible marijuana. In the US, one man ate edible marijuana and then shot his wife. Another man ate edible marijuana and then fell off of a balcony. The police think that marijuana played a role in both incidents. And the number of children who have been admitted to Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora due to the consumption of marijuana in the first sixth months of 2018 is already more than all of the last years. Again, this evidence is largely anecdotal, but it has been enough for the state to start looking at its THC limits and labeling requirements for edible goods. On the whole, the experiment appears to be a success, but we won’t know for sure until it has been in practice for many more years.