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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.