Wait until 2017.
Thats the main message from the first cost-benefit analysis of legal weed in Washington, required by Initiative 502, the pioneering law that voters approved in 2012.
A little more than a year after legal pot sales started with a few stores and scarce supply, its too early to evaluate outcomes, according to a report Tuesday by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy WSIPP.
Effects of the law will not be detectable until several years after implementation, says the 54-page report from the state-funded think tank.
The institute is required by law....
Portland Hempstalk Will Return To Portland After A Lengthy Battle
Hempstalk has been a part of the Oregon marijuana scene since the very first Hempstalk in 2005. Whenever I go to events in other states, Hempstalk is usually the Oregon event that they are most familiar with that is dedicated entirely to cannabis. The Oregon Country fair is another one that comes up a lot, but that event is not geared towards cannabis, although its very popular with cannabis consumers. The City of Portland has taken issue with previous Hempstalk events due to the open consumption of marijuana at the event. The consumption didnt cause any harm, but even in a....
The Huffington Post | 08/26/2015 It turns out government can be pretty good at this.
Pioneer Pot States Have Collected More Than $200 Million In Marijuana Taxes
The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data -- and they`re putting those dollars to good use.
In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Washington state got a slower start. Its retail shops didn`t begin selling recreation....
| AUGUST 19, 2015 Does legalization of marijuana mean more drivers will have the drug in their system? New data from Washington state says yes, but does that mean pot has caused more accidents? The answer is unclear.
More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed
When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, people wondered if it would mean more stoned drivers on the roads. Two and a half years later, one trend is clear: Police are arresting more drivers with pot in their systems but what`s not clear yet is what that means for traffic safety.
Since legalization, the Washington state toxicology lab the group that tests blood samples from DUI cases says a lot more of samples are positive for marijuana. Three years ago, about 19 percent of the samples contained THC, the key ingredient in pot. This year, that percentage is....
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