Springfield (Missouri) Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Certified

Springfield, Missouri, voters will have a chance to vote for marijuana decriminalization in November -- if the city council doesn't approve it first -- after an initiative there qualified Thursday. Chronicle story here.

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The Effects of Decriminalization

The decriminalization of marijuana possession offences offers an opportunity to observe changes in these states after the law has been put into effect. For example, changes in the overall patterns of use, costs borne by the individual user, and the cost to the justice and health systems can be observed to determine if the change in the law has had a significant effect on any of these issues. While some of these changes have been studied, the data which would be helpful to more fully explore these changes has not been available or even forthcoming. However, a few general findings may be noted.

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