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 are mandated in 2022 and 2032. In September 2021, the WSIPP Board of Directors voted to extend the 2022 deadline to 2023.
Supplemental to the ongoing benefit-cost evaluation of cannabis legalization authorized by Initiative 502 in 2012, the 2018 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to conduct additional cannabis research. WSIPP was directed to update its inventory of programs
for the prevention and treatment of youth cannabis use; examine current data collection methods measuring the use of cannabis by youth
and potential ways to improve on these methods; and identify effective methods used to reduce or eliminate the unlicensed cultivation
or distribution of marijuana in jurisdictions with existing legal marijuana markets.
Monitoring Trends in Use Prior to Implementation of I-502
and Employment and Wage Earnings in Licensed Marijuana Businesses