If Massachusetts voters legalize marijuana this fall, Bay Staters could soon be shopping for marijuana-infused sour gummies, brownies, and bacon brittle, The Boston Globe reports.
The Bay State need only look to Colorado, with its billion-dollar-a-year legal marijuana industry, to see how legalized marijuana might play out in Massachusetts. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has created thousands of new jobs and brought $135 million to state coffers in 2015, according to the Globe.
Several top Colorado officials say legalizing marijuana has not impacted the state negatively in a widely felt way. According to a 2015 survey, 53 percent of Colorado voters say legalizing marijuana has been good for the state and 39 percent believe it has been bad. Police struggle to control issues such as drugged driving and Colorado has the highest youth rate of marijuana use in the nation.
The drug is heavily regulated in Colorado, where the state tracks each plant, tests it for potency and contaminants, and sells it in child-resistant containers.
“There are a certain number of folks, like myself, who were pretty reticent about it to begin with,’’ House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst told the Globe. But “the sky didn’t fall. Everything seems to be working pretty well.’’
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