WeedLex
Dec 8, 2016 12:20 PM

Top 5 Problems of States That Legalized Recreational Cannabis

While pot advocates are still celebrating their victory in four more American states that have legalized recreational marijuana this fall, the state governments are now considering these five problems that they will have to cope with in the near future.

Ensuring Safe Driving

The American states that have already legalized the adult use of weed are facing the problem of impaired drivers who put traffic safety at risk. To meet this challenge, new cannabis states will have to implement training on safe driving for public and supply the police with the necessary equipment for identifying stoned drivers.

Massachusetts Professor Creates App for Stoned Drivers
Massachusetts Professor Creates App for Stoned Drivers
After Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis, the state police have begun to consider devices for identifying drugged drivers. Michael Milburn, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, has developed a special mobile app for testing weed impairment.

Keeping Cannabis Away From Children

Even if your state has adopted full legalization of weed, there are still kids and teenagers who should stay away from any forms of marijuana. States that voted for weed this fall will need to revise their legislation and create new punishments for sharing cannabis with underage residents.

Public health activists will attract more attention to the problem of pot consumption by youth through various polls and surveys and encourage their states to add more health workers and counselors to local schools.

More Colorado Children Accidentally Take Marijuana After Legalization of Cannabis
More Colorado Children Accidentally Take Marijuana After Legalization of Cannabis
New research of JAMA Pediatrics (the Journal of the American Medical Association) shows that the number of kids from Colorado who accidentally consume weed and get into the hospital is increasing rapidly.

Dealing With Weed Derivatives

Apart from the usual joints and blunts, there is a great variety of weed edibles and extracts. According to pot market analysis, these types of cannabis products are increasingly growing in popularity among users.

However, such weed derivatives can be too potent for newbies and lead to various side effects. So, the states that have just legalized cannabis should be ready for an increasing number of emergency calls from people who overconsumed weed or kids who accidentally swallowed pot-infused sweets.

Colorado Marijuana Bill: Banning Weed-Infused Gummy Bears
Colorado Marijuana Bill: Banning Weed-Infused Gummy Bears
On June 10, John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor, signed House Bill 1436 into law. This recreational and medical marijuana bill bans marijuana-infused gummies in the shape of humans, animals, and fruit. Selling such kind of gummies will be illegal starting from July 1.

Ensuring Environmentally Friendly Growing

Environmental conditions in some states are not always suitable for marijuana cultivation. Thus, many producers create artificial conditions for growing pot. However, indoor production requires huge amounts of water and electricity. Moreover, such pot plants require more fertilizers and pesticides for growing than outdoor cannabis.

New marijuana states will have to regulate cannabis growing conditions to ensure smaller energy and water consumption and control the amount of pesticides in the plants with new quality requirements.

Just Business: Marijuana Industry Faces Regulatory Challenges
Just Business: Marijuana Industry Faces Regulatory Challenges
Before the legalization, most growers, manufacturers, and sellers of cannabis products had operated outside the law. Many of them had been doing business illegally for decades, so they may not be familiar with what is legal and what is not.

Liquidating the Black Market

It is too naive to think that the black market will be eliminated without the efforts of the enforcement agencies after the marijuana legalization. Nobody wants to lose their money. So, states will need to take measures to stop the unregulated activity of corner drug dealers.

Currently, states with legal weed levy a 30% tax on the herb sales or even more, which leads to the issue of black market. Therefore, to make the cannabis market completely white and transparent, the states will have to consider a different approach.

One American Per Minute Arrested for Marijuana Possession
One American Per Minute Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Nationwide, one in approximately twenty arrests is for simple marijuana possession. Although the total number of arrests for marijuana possession in the United States decreased in almost a half between 2010 and 2014, marijuana-related arrests remain near record-high levels.


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New research of JAMA Pediatrics (the Journal of the American Medical Association) shows that the number of kids from Colorado who accidentally consume weed and get into the hospital is increasing rapidly.
Jul 28, 2016 9:30 AM
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