There are a few negatives to how states have been legalizing marijuana for both medical plus recreational uses, regardless of the fact that advocates are entirely reluctant to acknowledge this.
First of all, it’s not the nightmare scenario that anti-cannabis people were screaming about for years. Sure, it’s a little bit easier for teens to get access to the drug, however it’s also true that legalizing it has significantly reduced the size plus impact of the black market marijuana trade. The actual negatives have more to do with how the markets are regulated plus supervised by the state. For example, it takes a very large amount of currency to get a license to grow plus sell marijuana in our state, so much so that I can count all of our cannabis producers on my actual hands. This gives them not very much incentive to compete on quality once they achieve access to the market. On top of that, many states have bungled the lab testing requirements for cannabis producers. I truly didn’t realize that so many states never required any independent lab testing for marijuana producers, regardless of whether or not it was a medical or recreational cannabis market. Once lab testing started to become a standard, quite a few cannabis companies started testing in-house. Obviously there is a huge amount of corruption at play with in-house testing, however it didn’t get better once the independent lab requirement was created in our state. I was able to learn about dispensaries attempting to shop around at lab tests offering to pay extra currency for data showing higher THC levels plus low contaminant amounts. One medical cannabis store was closed after getting busted falsifying independent lab paperwork.