July 8th, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of legalizing cannabis sales in Washington State, and Sheriff John Urquhart tells us how it’s going so far.
July 8th, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of legalizing cannabis sales in Washington State.
In that year, over $25 million in cannabis sales and $70 million in tax revenue has been generated. So what does King County Sheriff John Urquhart have to say on the matter?
A lot of good things.
When asked about the obstacles he faced adapting to the policy change, he reported virtually none:
“Really there was nothing to adapt to. My biggest challenge was letting my officers know that it’s a different ball game now, don’t worry about it. From a crime standpoint, there was nothing to enforce anymore and the sky didn’t fall. It was business as usual and no big deal.”
When asked about concerns regarding youth consumption, he likewise reported them nonexistent:
“All the studies that have been done show marijuana use in Washington State is down. With the tax revenue coming in, we’ll be able to devote some of that money to education. The legalization has not increased the use of marijuana by youth.”
For the full story and more insights from Sheriff Urquhart, CBC News from British Columbia has you covered.