9 Things You Should Know about Marijuana Legalization
Know the facts about marijuana legalization before heading to the polls this November
1. There are currently more Americans who are in favor of marijuana legalization than there has ever been before.
In fact, the newest polls show that 58% favor of legalization.
2. The statistics from states where marijuana is legal suggest that legalization has many benefits.
The state of Colorado has generated more than $40 million of tax revenue since legalizing marijuana in 2014, $8 million of which has been used to fund youth education and drug prevention programs. The city of Denver has reported a decrease in violent crime and deaths caused by traffic.
3. In Colorado, the legalization of weed has resulted in a steep decrease in arrests.
This has saved millions of dollars in judicial costs.
4. This year the states of Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will vote on legalization.
They will be joining the states of Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington where weed is already legal.
5. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, the legalization of marijuana has resulted in the creation of 27,000 jobs.
This is just one of the many ways marijuana legalization is beneficial to the economy.
6. Suprisingly, cannabis use has steadily declined since 2009, and has continued to do so despite legalization.
Further, the CDC found that the percentage of 12-17 year olds who reported having easy access to marijuana decreased by 13 percent since 2002. Among those in the 18-25, perceived availability of marijuana has also declined.
7. There seems to be a disparity between the statistics from state-run surveys and those done by the federal government.
Research by the federal government does indicate a spike in marijuana use in the states where it is legal.
8. Legalization is also associated with a decrease in opiate use.
There are less deaths caused by overdoses as well.
9. Marijuana legalization is one of the only things Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree on. It is also one of the only initiatives supported on both sides of the aisle.
Whether you’re in favor of marijuana legalization or not, it is important to know the facts before voting. Go to ballotpedia.org research the initiatives in your state.