New York, NY: A state-commissioned study released Monday by the New York Department of Health recommends replacing cannabis criminalization with a policy of adult use legalization.
The 74-page study, entitled "Assessment of the Potential Impact of Regulated Marijuana in New York State," acknowledges that regulating marijuana will create jobs, reduce the disproportionate criminalization and incarceration of ethnic minorities, reduce the use of opioids and synthetic cannabinoids (such as Spice or K2), and will likely "generate long-term cost savings."
It concludes: "A regulated marijuana program enjoys broad support and would have significant health, social justice, and economic benefits. ... Regulating marijuana enables public health officials to minimize the potential risks of marijuana use through outreach, education, quantity limits at point of sale, quality control, and consumer protection. ... The positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in NYS outweigh the potential negative impacts."