It’s been 12 years since voters in Michigan approved the use of cannabis by residents for certain medical conditions, and 2 years since passage of a voter initiative allowing adult recreational sales and uses of marijuana. Now there’s a new report from the University of Michigan on cannabis usage trends in the state, including downstream effects such as motor vehicle crashes, emergency room visits and criminal justice cases.
Impact of Recreational Cannabis Legalization in Michigan: A Baseline Report, was prepared by the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, in Ann Arbor, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was published in May.
“[T]his report was planned to compile existing baseline data regarding what is known about the use of cannabis and its impact on the health and well-being of Michigan citizens and communities,” the report states. “Examining these indicators over time will allow stakeholders and public health officials to best understand the health, social and economic impact associated with the legalization of recreational cannabis.”
Here are highlights of key findings detailed in the report:
You can download a copy of the report here.
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