WA: Cannabis Legalization Has Not Increased Teen Usage

The Guardian jointWashington State legalizing cannabis has not led to an increase in teens using the substance, according to a study compiled by Washington’s Healthy Youth Survey and published by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy.

Between the period of 2002 to 2014, self-reported cannabis use has fell among 8th graders, 10th graders and 12th graders. More 8th graders now report that cannabis is “hard to get” than did in 2002, despite laws regarding the plant being liberalized for adults.

Between 2012 and 2014, the period in which Initiative 502 was passed by voters and enacted into law, self-reported lifetime cannabis use and use within the past 30 days either stayed the same or fell among all of the age groups.

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New Study Shows Which Washington Counties Purchase the Most Cannabis Per Capita

A gram of legal recreational cannabis being sold in Washington.A new study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy has found that Klickitat County has the highest rate of per capita recreational cannabis sales, averaging $65.80 of cannabis sold for every one person since legal sales began in July, 2014.

According to the study, Clark County was second with $56.93 sold per capita, with Jefferson County coming in at third with $51.23 sold per capita.

King County, the state’s most populated county, had less than 40% of the per capita sales of Klickitat County, averaging $24.39.

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