Association of Washington Cities

Impacts of Marijuana Legalization

For the Association of Washington Cities, BERK conducted an analysis of the potential impacts to cities of legalization of recreational marijuana. The study included a literature review, interviews with cities (some with recreational retail stores and some without), an analysis of revenue data from Washington and Colorado, and a qualitative analysis of the resource impacts of legalization, including public health, criminal justice and public safety, and business regulations and code enforcement. While it was too early to make conclusive statements about the impact to cities, the report identified a series of metrics that could be tracked to better understand and quantify the impacts of recreational marijuana legalization on cities. Legislation related to several of the issues raised in the report was introduced in the 2015 session.

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