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Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NWHIDTA) currently working on the Marijuana Impact Report for Washington State

NWHIDTA is a project under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which covers 14 counties designated as Washington State’s main drug trafficking gateways. NWHIDTA works to reduce large-scale importation and local drug trafficking operations, and to lower demand by supporting treatment and effective demand reduction programs. The NWHIDTA focuses on high value drug trafficking targets and financial infrastructures with the goal to disrupt the market for illegal drugs and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the HIDTA Initiatives.

The legalization of marijuana in 2012 with Initiative 502 created a new legal drug market within the state. The emergence of this new industry and reformulation of policies in Washington have caused major shifts within law enforcement, public health institutions, and culture perceptions. Legislative changes on top of the ever-expanding business industry have called for the conceptualization of the current recreational and medical marijuana markets.

For the past two years the Rocky Mountain HIDTA has produced a comprehensive report assessing the impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The report contains essential information related to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and a similar report will be invaluable to Washington where data around the effects of marijuana legalization is lacking.

With your help, The Marijuana Impact Report will be the first of its kind for the state and will project the precise effects of marijuana. NWHIDTA is leading this report to accurately document the legalization movement along with identifying the impacts here in Washington. Any information regarding marijuana is pertinent. Such topics that you may report include: Butane Hash Oil Labs/Explosions Drug, Trafficking Cases, Out/In State Transports/Seizures, Driving Under the Influence Statistics, Traffic Accidents, Marijuana-Related Crimes, Joint Investigations/Operations, Eradication, Training Programs, Enforcement on Businesses, School Resource Officers, Department Policies/Procedures, Concerns/Issues, Reoccurring Trends, and more.

This report will be distributed to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the National HIDTA offices, and NWHIDTA initiatives. In addition, respondents will receive copies of the finished report. If you or someone in your city has helpful information related to the impacts of marijuana legalization in your community, or statewide, please contact Alison Wassall at awassall@nw.hidta.org, or by phone Monday through Thursday, 7am to 4:30pm at (206) 352-3627.

Categories: Marijuana