Legalization’s other Rocky Mountain high in Colorado
According to a new study, legalization alone was responsible for a significant increase in migration to the state
By Kieran Delamont
If you were looking to move, would cannabis legalization be an important factor for you? It sure was for a lot of people who have moved to Colorado since recreational use of cannabis was legalized in 2013.
According to a new study, legalization alone was responsible for a 3.2 per cent increase in the population rates in the state. The increase wasn’t all just attributable to the fact cannabis is legal in Colorado. Other quality of life scores affected by legalization – like crime rates, for example – were also factors.
“Taken together,” the current study states, “this suggests that, at least initially, easier access as opposed to the generation of new jobs and local tax revenues, was the main driver of migration inflows to Colorado.” This should be instructive for other states who are considering legalizing weed.
Source: Marijuana Moment