Independent Think Tank: Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Is a Success
The Brookings Institution released a report today confirming what many Americans already suspected: the rollout of legal marijuana in Colorado is a success. The independent think tank concluded that the state's regulatory system for marijuana properly addresses “key concerns such as diversion, shirking, communication breakdowns, illegal activity, and the financial challenges facing the marijuana industry."
The report, titled "Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding," states that good communication and leadership have contributed to the success. The report makes it clear that it is an assessment of the government, not a commentary on "whether the legalization of retail marijuana was the correct decision."
“Legalizing and regulating marijuana and other drugs can be done thoughtfully and responsibly to the benefit of our communities," he said. "As legalization spreads across the country, regulatory models will only continue to improve, crime continue to drop, and public understanding of drug addiction as a public health problem, not as a matter for law enforcement, continue to expand.”