Report: Marijuana Legalization Has Had “Minimal” Adverse Impact On Health

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According to a new analysis funded by CATO, marijuana legalization has little to no adverse impact on health and safety. Harvard University and Western Carolina University researchers looked at marijuana laws implemented in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, and looked at health and safety outcomes like drug use, suicide rates, substance abuse treatment admissions, crime rates, and road safety. They found, “[S]tate marijuana legalization [laws] have had minimal effect on marijuana use and related outcomes. The absence of significant adverse consequences is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents.”

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