It has been more than 7 years since Colorado had made the massive step of becoming the first state in the country to legalize use of cannabis for recreational use, we all remember how excited we were. Pot arrests went down, but interestingly marijuana-impaired driving cases have increased and school expulsions are both up and down.
A statistic report released by the Department of of Public is Safety, which is required to study the impacts of cannabis legalization. Analysts painstakingly go through all the numbers to prove the most comprehensive summaries available about what has happened since voters in 2012 approved a state constitutional amendment legalizing possession and of limited amounted of marijuana.
The total number of arrests of adults for marijuana-related crimes decreased by 68% between 2012 and 2019, Reed found. Arrests for marijuana possession dropped by 71%, while arrests related to marijuana production increased by 3%.
However, there remains a racial disparity in arrests for cannabis-related offenses. Arrests for white individuals decreased by 72%, while arrests for people who are Hispanic declined by only 55% and arrests for people who are Black declined by 63%. The arrest rate for people who are Black — 160 arrests for every 100,000 people — is still more than double the arrest rate for people who are white, 76 arrests per 100,000 people.
While when people think of cannabis, they think of edibles or smoking, some of the largest cannabis companies in North America see a lucrative oppurtnuity in the beverage industry that is just waiting to be tapped as states are beginning to embrace legalization of recreational cannabis.
“The beverage ecosystem presents a phenomenal opportunity for both growth and innovation in the broader cannabis product landscape,” said John Kagia, New Frontier’s chief knowledge officer. “The illicit market doesn’t have the resources or the skills to innovate the way the legal market can.”
Soon after, he began working with a close friend, Jake Bullock, who had been developing a concept for low-THC seltzers called Cann. They’re now available in five states, with big expansion plans.