Marijuana Abuse Prevention

In August 2012 the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Five-Year Strategic Plan was completed, and was updated in November 2017. Marijuana misuse and abuse is identified as one of the state priorities to address.  Prevention the risk and harms associated with cannabis use and misuse is critical in the emerging commercial marijuana marketplace in Washington.  The information below is to support and inform prevention professionals working on the individual or environmental level to improve effectiveness of marijuana prevention efforts.  

DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Implementation Plan for I-502

Initiative 502 (I-502) establishes a system, overseen by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, to license, regulate, and tax the production, processing, and wholesale retail sales of marijuana. It creates a dedicated marijuana fund, consisting of excise taxes, license fees, penalties, and forfeitures and specifies the disbursement of this money for a variety of health, education, and research purposes with the remainder distributed to the state general fund. DBHR is responsible to develop a plan for implementing provisions stated in Section 28 of I-502. 

The DBHR Implementation Plan for I-502 was completed in December 2013.

I-502 DSHS DBHR Prevention Plan Implementation Page

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