WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – As states including Utah get ready to vote on marijuana measures, we take a look at the implementation of legalization in Washington D.C.
In Washington DC, dispensaries sell medical marijuana but people over 21 can also grow, possess and give away marijuana. Recreational commercial sales are not legal.
Adam Eidenger, a pro-marijuana activist, says DC got marijuana laws right.
“There’s no marketing to children when you’re growing at home,” said Eidenger.
Eidenger is one of the activists who helped pass DC’s marijuana ballot initiative.
He says consumers may not be who you think.
“The number one group that’s getting a medical marijuana card or buying cannabis at these adult use, are people over 50 it is not young people,” said Eidenger.
Eidenger says there’s no evidence in the DC metro area recreational use has increased among kids.
Will Jones with Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes the legalization and commercialization of cannabis, agrees.
“The industry is not targeting necessarily 12 or 13-year-olds,” said Jones.
According to recent studies, marijuana use among young teens has remained mostly stable in the DC area, but marijuana use overall has increased including for different group of young people.
“When you’re 18, 19, 20 years old. You’re still under the legal age,” said Jones. He says that’s concerning.
“Marijuana, for example, is twice as addictive when you’re at a younger age, than when you’re older than 25,” said Jones.
Since marijuana became legal in DC, the number of adults arrested for public consumption which is still illegal has nearly tripled.