Colorado

2016 9 Executive Summary

COLORADO DATA AND ARTICLES

JUNE 21, 2016:  

  • The 2013/2014 survey results show Colorado youth ranked No. 1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from No. 4 in 2011/2012.
  • Colorado youth past month marijuana use for 2013/2014 was 74 percent higher than the national average (12.56 percent vs. 7.22 percent).
  • Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) ndicated that “marijuana use among teens nationwide also remained flat...” They failed to mention that Oregon and Washington, states with legalized marijuana, and Minnesota did not participate in the 2015 YRBS. There were also ten states, including Colorado, with unweighted results because their state survey participation rate did not meet the 60 percent participation standard set by YRBS.

  
January 2016 Update:

YOUTH USAGE: 

• In the two year average (2013/2014) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, youth past month marijuana use increased 20 percent compared to the two year average prior to legalization (2011/2012). o Nationally youth past month marijuana use declined 4 percent during the same time.

• The latest 2013/2014 results show Colorado youth ranked #1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from #4 in 2011/2012.

COLLEGE USAGE:
•Colorado college age past month marijuana use for 2013/2014 was 62 percent higher than the national average

ADULT USAGE:
•The latest 2013/2014 results show Colorado adults ranked #1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from #7 in 2011/2012.
• Colorado adult past month marijuana use for 2013/2014 was 104 percent higher than the national average compared to 51 percent higher in 2011/2012.


August 2015 Update:          Summary of  Impact Report  

 

"Marijuana legalization and commercialization is a failed policy and this new report details the impact on many of our populations already impacted by alcohol and tobacco use," said Bob Doyle, Chair of Colorado SAM and a public health professional with more than 20 years of experience in tobacco prevention.

 

Highlights from the report show serious changes since 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating in Colorado, including:
 
  • Traffic deaths:   32% increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in just one year from 2013
  • Driving under the influence:  Toxicology reports with positive marijuana results of active THC for primarily driving under the influence have increased 45% 
  • Marijuana use by children:  Colorado youth usage (ages 12 to 17) ranks 56% higher than the national average
  • ER visits:  29% increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits
  • Hospitalizations:  38%  increase in the number of marijuana-related hospitalizations
  • Poison control: Marijuana-only related exposures increased 72% in only one year

 
2014  Highlights of the survey included:      Appendix

  • 1 in 3 users are daily users
  • Black adults in Colorado are using at almost 50% higher than the state average for adults; Hispanics have the lowest use rates
  • Low income Colorado adults are using at higher rates than the state average
  • Almost a third of 18-24 year olds are using marijuana
  • Almost a third of gay and lesbian adults are using marijuana - more than twice the state average for adults
  • Almost 1 in five reported driving after using marijuana

"The marijuana industry is getting rich while our communities, healthcare system, employers, and families pay the costs," Doyle added.

 

 


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Details of Colorado "Medical" Marijuana

    

Colorado Articles

What is the Social Impact of Legalizing Marijuana?
Impact in Colorado of legalizing marijuana- April 2013 (Data is before recreational legalization.)
Pediatric Marijuana Exposures in a Medical Marijuana State
Will Colorado's Pot Taxes Preserve The Black Market?
Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization
Legal pot: Colorado’s bad ‘medicine’
How lucrative is it to be one of Colorado’s legal marijuana dealers? (Not as lucrative as being an illegal one.)
Drug Abuse Patterns and Trends in Colorado and the Denver/Boulder Metropolitan Area—Update: January 2014
A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked question Read more: A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions
Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths
Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths
Governor Issues: Warning signs on Colorado's marijuana legalization
Pot-related fatalities up
A Look Inside Colorado’s Pot Industry
Denver coroner: Man fell to death after eating marijuana cookies
MacKinnon: Medical pot push driven by profit
3 hurt in explosion at marijuana-grow facility
Colorado fourth-graders sell and swap grandparents’ pot at school
Colorado's High Burns Loews
Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana
Marijuana on the move from Colorado; official says Centennial State now pot source much like Mexico
Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in Colorado
Colorado's unregulated marijuana grow sites persist despite legal 'green rush'
More Colorado drivers in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana
Deadly Impact of Medical Marijuana in Colorado
Don't Harsh Our Mellow Dude
Marijuana Is Now Big Business
Colorado the new ‘black market’? Pot legalization causing headaches for surrounding states
Trends in fatal motor vehicle crashes before and after marijuana commercialization in Colorado
Legalise cannabis – and children will pay the price
Devestation- What is really happening in Colorado
Denver Crime Rate Up Almost 7 percent
At Colorado’s borders, a dividing line over marijuana
Bad Science: The Marijuana Experiment Has Failed
Legal pot blamed for some of influx of homeless in Denver this summer
The Devastation That’s Really Happening in Colorado
Denver Crime Rate up almost 7%
Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado
2014- Colorado Impact Study- Driving Impaired Section
Pueblo West marijuana dispensary robbed
Traffic Fatalities of Marijuana-Positive Drivers On Rise In Colorado
Colorado lawsuit alleges cannabis overdose from fairground candy
Inside Colorado’s flourishing, segregated black market for pot
August 2014- Legalization of MJ Impact Colorado
Bill Bennett: This notion that marijuana isn't that harmful is just plain wrong
Legalized marijuana draws homeless Texans to Colorado
Two polls show support for legal marijuana waning in Colorado, nationally
Brad King: Do not let the ‘Colorado Calamity’ spread to Florida
Legally High
Police: Both Drivers In Double Fatal Crash Were High
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2014 Marijuana Use In Colorado
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Colorado estimates state annual pot consumption at 130 metric tons
Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014
Colorado Starting Over On Medical Marijuana Rules
Denver 8th Graders Use 350% Higher than National Average
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Denver 8th Graders Use 350% Higher than National Average
Marijuana: Bill Calls For Grants to Colorado Counties to Offset Legal Pot Impact
Colorado governor explains why legalizing marijuana in the state was a bad idea
Chart: Colorado among states with growing heroin, prescription drug abuse problem
Thousands in marijuana seized following chase, crash
Edibles found in Colorado Schools
Colorado's New Attorney General: Pot Legalization 'Not Worth It'
Colorado’s ‘Pot Pregnancies’ Birthing New Generation of Crack Babies
Letter from American Epilpsey Society
Colorado Marijuana Study Finds Legal Weed Contains Potent THC Levels
Black Market is Thriving in Colorado
Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death
Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult
Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, lab tests report.
Clearing the Haze
Man fatally shoots himself after eating 5 marijuana candies
Marijuana Intoxication: Signs and Symptoms
Colo. company says pot pushed them out of state
Don't Legalize Marijuana
Brother charged with reckless homicide in Stevenson crash
Marijuana Intoxication Blamed In More Deaths, Injuries
Rocky Mountain High Producing Some Undesirable Side Effects
Clearing the Haze
Marijuana Use in Colorado
THC extracts concentrate problems
Colorado Supreme Court Provides a Moment of Sanity on Marijuana
Marijuana-growing spikes Denver electric demand, challenges clean-power plan
Legalization didn’t unclog prisons
Colorado rejects medical marijuana for PTSD treatment
Colorado rejects medical marijuana for PTSD treatment
Dever Citywide Reported Offenses
Notes from the Field: Death Following Ingestion of an Edible Marijuana Product — Colorado, March 2014
Where There’s Smoke …
Legalization of Marijuana- Impact Report
2015 9 The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact
The Seth Leibsohn Show September 15, 2015 - Tom Gorman
“Legalized marijuana certainly no panacea ”
Advocacy Group: Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids
Welcome to Pueblo, Colorado: the 'pot rush' town for the marijuana industry
Colorado Heroin 2014
Pot legalization: Up in smoke in No-high-o
What you should know about marijuana legalization | Your Legal Corner
The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact Latest Results for Colorado Youth and Adult Marijuana Use
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Sacred water What if cannabis industry takes every last drop?
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Colorado Marijuana Distributor Wins Battle in “First of Its Kind” Pesticide Exposure Lawsuit, But Is the War Just Beginning?
Impaired Driving And Cannabis
Stoned Drivers Are Killing More and More Innocent Victims
Colorado Study Finds One in Six Children Hospitalized for Lung Inflammation Test Positive for Marijuana Exposure
Police crack down on Craigslist marijuana sales
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Pesticide Use in Cannabis Production Information
New law requires schools to adopt a medical marijuana policy
Colorado Sales Chart
Edibles And Concentrates Are Red-Hot, According To Latest Numbers
2002-2014 Colorado County Drug Overdose
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado: How Recreational Weed Is Attracting People, But Spiking The State’s Homeless Rate
Marijuana Legalization: Pot Brings Poor People To Colorado, But What’s Being Done To Help Them?
Marijuana Legalization: Pot Brings Poor People To Colorado, But What’s Being Done To Help Them?
Colorado Youth Marijuana Use:
Denver mayor says violence won’t be tolerated on 16th Street Mall
Legalized marijuana sends more kids to the hospital in Colorado
Posada- Bringing Pueblo Home
Feds fund $35,000 giant joint billboard in Downtown Denver to combat pot-impaired driving
Colorada approves Medical Marijuana Use at Schools
Colorado districts wrestle with new law allowing students to use medical marijuana at school
The Legalization of Marijuana In Colorado- The Impact
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Boston, Colo. officials talk marijuana worries
Man charged with killing homeless man while trying to steal marijuana
Western Colorado law enforcement officials say that Colorado has now become a magnet for criminals coming to take advantage of the state's marijuana laws.
Little-known illness tied to smoking weed on the rise
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Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?
2017 March Supplement- RMHIDTA
Dangers of Marijuana Experienced Firsthand
Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet
Unattended 11-month old infant drowns in Pueblo; Baby-sitter arrested by police
Marijuana Legalization and the Effects on Child Health and Safety
HIGH CLAIMS Legalizing recreational marijuana is linked to increased crashes