The trial state of Colorado has completed its analysis of non-medical marijuana usage! And now they are back with the results.
Overall, at least based on this article, the results seemed all positive. Decrease in crime (10%), very profitable ($10 million brought in, in just 4 months. All money will go to public schools and infrastructure), and the number of felons are expected to drop dramatically which save tons of money on the prison industry.
Here are some quotes from the article originally from reset.me:
– Despite warnings from legalization opponents, Colorado looks pretty much the same as ever since regulation, if not better. Crime is down, the economy is sound, and there remains strong overall support for legalization throughout the state. Even the state’s Director of Marijuana Coordination was quick to note recently that “the sky hasn’t fallen” since the first retail shops opened on January 1st.
– According to Uniform Crime Reporting data for Denver, there has been a 10.1% decrease in overall crime from this time last year and a 5.2% drop in violent crime.
– By removing criminal penalties for certain marijuana-related offenses, thousands of individuals will avoid the collateral consequences associated with a criminal record. The state is estimated to potentially save $12-40 million over the span of a year simply by ending arrests for marijuana possession.
– The state has garnered over 10 million in taxes from retail sales in the first 4 months. The first 40 million of this tax revenue is earmarked for public schools and infrastructure, as well as for youth educational campaigns about substance use.