(By Staff Reports)
New industry adds 6,227 full-time jobs…
A recent state study has shown the legalization of marijuana has not caused an increase in teen usage of marijuana. The Seattle Times reports that a study by the Washington State Insitute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has found limited impact in youth use of pot. The study is mandated by Initiative 502, the state’s legal pot law.
A biannual survey by the state Department of Health showed that 17 percent of 10,835 high school sophomores consumed pot in the previous month. This survey was taken last year.
In 2010, the number was 20 percent and in 2006, it was at 18 percent.
WSIPP also looked into the economic impact, saying that the marijuana industry accounted for the equivalent of 6,227 full-time jobs. Wages paid from 2014 to 2016 totaled $286 million.
The average hourly wage was $16.45 and the median wage was $13.44. Licensed pot businesses averaged nine full-time employees.
Marijuana legalization was approved by Washington voters in November of 2012 and legal sales began in July 2014.