Despite claims from prohibitionists that legalized cannabis sales in Washington and Colorado will lead to increased cannabis being transferred through the U.S. mail system, newly released data actually shows the opposite to be true.
According to data provided by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, fiscal year 2014 saw a 12% decrease in the number of packages seized by inspectors that were found to have cannabis in them. There was also a 12% drop in the overall weight of the cannabis seized.
Fiscal year 2014 began on October 1st 2013, and ended on September 30th, 2014.
Before cannabis sales began in Colorado and Washington, the number of cannabis packages seized was actually on the rise, with a nearly 20% increase from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013; there was also a 7% increase in the overall amount of cannabis seized during that period.
Legal cannabis sales began in Colorado in January, 2014, and in Washington the following July.