In November 2012, Washington State voters passed Initiative 502
to regulate and tax the use and sale of cannabis for persons twenty-one years of age and older. As part of I-502, WSIPP was directed to “conduct cost-benefit evaluations of the implementation” of the law. The evaluations must include measures of impacts on public health, public safety, cannabis use, the economy, the criminal justice system, and state and local costs and revenues.
A preliminary report
was released in September 2015. The second required report
was released in September 2017. Subsequent reports will be released in 2022 and 2032.
Monitoring Trends in Use Prior to Implementation of I-502