Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana

The Centennial Institute (Colorado Christian University) commissioned this study to better understand the social harms –increased stoned driving, more youth use, crime, and hospital mentions and, as a consequence, the economic costs of legalized marijuana.

Many speaks about the tax revenue and total sales generated from commercial marijuana, but there is little research on the costs that Colorado sustain to mitigate the consequences of commercial marijuana. This report is an important first step in giving researchers and policymakers a sense of the breadth of costs associated with commercial marijuana.

Furthermore, it’s clear from the report that much more information is needed to fully understand the social costs associated with commercial marijuana.

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