There are plenty of negatives to how states have handled legalizing marijuana for medical as well as recreational use, though advocates are reluctant to admit this.
First of all, it’s not the dreadful situation that anti-cannabis people harped about for years.
Sure, it’s not too challenging for teens to get access to the drug, but it’s also true that legalizing it has dramatically lowered the size as well as impact of the black market marijuana trade. The actual negatives have more to do with how the markets are regulated as well as supervised by the state. For instance, it takes a fairly crazy amount of money to get a license to grow as well as sell marijuana in our state, so much so that I can truly count all of our cannabis producers on just two hands. This gives them a small amount of incentive to compete on quality once they achieve access to the market. On top of that, various states have bungled the lab testing requirements for cannabis producers. I sincerely didn’t realize that various states never required separate lab testing for marijuana producers, regardless of whether or not it happened to be a medical or recreational cannabis market. Once lab testing started to become a regular thing, various cannabis companies started testing in-house. It should be obvious that there is a pretty large amount of corruption at play when it comes to in-house testing, but it didn’t get too much better once the lab requirement was created in our state for third-party testing only. I read about dispensaries attempting to shop around at various lab tests offering to pay extra for data showing higher THC levels as well as extremely low contaminant counts. One medical cannabis store was officially shut down after getting busted falsifying the official lab paperwork.