Understanding the Impacts of Changing Cannabis Policy

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Cannabis production for medical uses has been a significant part of the North Bay’s economy since 2006. The economic impact of cannabis production for recreational use is unknown, but estimates place it considerably higher than production for medical use. What do we really know about this industry and how might the legalization of marijuana cultivation and sale affect the North Bay region? With the likely legalization for recreational use on the horizon, it is past time to begin the dialogue about not only the cannabis industry’s economic impact but its effects on the social, physical, and environmental health of individuals and communities.