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A Look At Marijuana Usage After Legalization

New report highlights use, trends and statistics in Snohomish County

A look at marijuana usage after legalization

New report highlights use, trends and statistics in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Since the first recreational marijuana store opened in Washington in 2014, Snohomish County has had 41 retail licenses approved by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. With the passage of Initiative 502, questions were posed on how the legalization of marijuana would impact overall usage. To begin answering those questions, the Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Human Services have released its first baseline report on marijuana in Snohomish County.

            REPORT:       Marijuana: Use, Trends and Statistics in Snohomish County

“There has been a great deal of curiosity about how legalization will impact our communities, and ultimately whether it will pose a threat to our resident’s health,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District. “While it will take several years to fully answer those questions, this report serves as an important baseline from which we can compare future studies.”

Some of the key findings include:

  • Determining marijuana impairment is difficult, as the height of intoxication does not correlate with a peak of blood THC levels.
  • Of sophomores surveyed in 2014, more than 25 percent reported trying marijuana at least once and 16 percent stated they used it on a regular basis.
  • Just over half (50.2 percent) of county adults surveyed in 2014 had tried marijuana.
  • Snohomish County marijuana processors, producers and retailers generated more than $26 million in sales in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015).

“One of the most important policy implications we found is that there is a greater need for more data in regards to marijuana,” said Mary Jane Brell-Vujovic, Snohomish County’s Director of Human Services. “This task will require continued coordination of public health and social services, as well as collaboration with law enforcement, criminal justice and other partners to have a collective impact.”

Another resource in the near future will be results from the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey. The survey will be administered to all 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders in Snohomish County in October 2016, with results expected to be released in the spring of 2017.     

RESOURCE:  Youth Marijuana Use (2014 Healthy Youth Survey)

The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.
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