Colorado amendment 64 was a successful popular initiative ballot measure to amend the constitution of the state of colorado, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis the measure passed on november 6, 2012, and along with a similar measure in washington state , marked an electoral first not only for america but for the world. In november 2012, washington state and colorado voted to legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21, the first two states in the us to do so by 2014, the first legal stores to sell the. The after-effects of november’s referendums legalizing the private use of marijuana continue to generate legal questions in colorado and washington court houses. Marijuana advocates were right: when you legalize marijuana, police really do get to focus on the real crimes in their first year of legal pot, marijuana possession charges fell by a staggering 98 percent in washington state.
In 2012, the states of colorado and washington became the first in the us to legalize cannabis for recreational use critics feared it would attract criminal elements, and that it would lead to increases in impaired driving incidents and youths being exposed to the drug, while advocates hoped it would lead to an economic boom, and an end to the criminalization of cannabis users. On jan 1, colorado became the first state in the us to allow people to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use, with washington state to do the same later this year currently, 20. Washington initiative 502 (i-502) on marijuana reform was an initiative to the washington state legislature, which appeared on the november 2012 general ballot, passing by a margin of approximately 56 to 44 percent. The results from an official 2016 washington state survey reveal that marijuana use rates for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders remained unchanged after legalization.
On january 1, colorado legalized the sale of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use later this year, washington will follow suit alaska, arizona, california, dc and oregon may be the next states to permit cannabis businesses. Most alarmingly, since legalization the number of colorado drivers in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana has doubled this state is proving—at the cost of lives lost—data from the us national library of medicine saying that cannabis use doubles a driver’s risk of crashing. “in colorado and washington the post-legalization traffic fatality rate has remained statistically consistent with pre-legalization levels, is lower in each state than it was a decade prior, and. The report includes other data about the negative effect of legalizing marijuana in colorado, including marijuana-related exposure to children, treatment, the flood of marijuana in and out of colorado, the dangers of pot extraction labs and other disturbing factual trends. The first states to pass legislation to legalize marijuana were colorado and washington in 2012 (full legalization came in 2014) since then, colorado has seen some unexpected hiccups as a result.
The marijuana effect it's been a year since colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot, bill whitaker checks in. Past studies have found that following legalization, marijuana use went up among 8th and 10th graders in washington state, but not in colorado, or among high-school seniors in either state. Status report: marijuana legalization in washington after 1 year of retail sales and 25 years of legal possession july 2015 in november 2012, voters in washington and colorado approved the first two laws in the us to have been spared the harmful consequences of a marijuana arrest, statewide rates of youth use and.
The legalization of marijuana in colorado: the impact vol 2/august 2014 section 2 – youth marijuana use: • in 2012, 1047 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 were considered current marijuana. Washington state marijuana impact report march 2016 nwhidta marijuana impact report – 1 | page impacts of the legalization of marijuana in washington state the purpose of this document is to for youth, available data regarding the effects in schools will be included with legalization and commercialization increasing the. Marijuana legalization in washington after 1 year of retail sales and 25 years of legal possession july 2015 in november 2012, voters in washington and colorado approved the first two laws in the us to have been spared the harmful consequences of a marijuana arrest, statewide rates of youth use and. Opponents of legalization point to a federal drug survey that estimates colorado had the highest level of any state of 12- to 17-year-olds reporting marijuana use in the last 30 days for 2013-2014.
In order to enhance customer service, the division is streamlining the process for submitting new medical marijuana and retail marijuana business l view all site map. Colorado and washington legalized marijuana in 2012, followed by alaska and oregon in 2014 • the gallons of alcohol consumed in colorado since marijuana legalization have increased by 8% (colorado department of revenue [cdr], colorado liquor excise tax, 2017) risking significant consequences 9. A second report, monitoring impacts of recreational marijuana legalization: 2015 update report, was released in january 2016 to include additional data and account for legislation modifying some of the provisions initially outlined in initiative 502.