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How do police view legalized cannabis? In Washington state, officers raise concerns

Washington State legalized cannabis sales to adults in 2012, the first U.S. state to do so. Yet little is known about how police, who are on the front lines of implementing the law, experience legalization. A new study evaluated the effects of legalizing cannabis on police officers' law enforcement efforts in Washington. The study found that officers in that state, although not supportive of recriminalization, had a variety of concerns, from worries about the effect on youth to increases in impaired driving. The study can inform other states' efforts to address legalization. Conducted by researchers at Washington State University (WSU), the study appears in Justice Evaluation Journal, a publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  Read more....

 

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