The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found some encouraging trends in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns in the state. The report found:
- “Based on the most comprehensive data available, past-month marijuana use among Colorado adolescents is nearly identical to the national average.”
- “Daily or near-daily marijuana use among adults is much lower than daily or near-daily alcohol or tobacco use. Among adolescents, past month marijuana use is lower than past month alcohol use.”
- “Marijuana exposure calls to the poison center appear to be decreasing since 2015, including unintentional exposures in children ages 0-8 years.”
- “The overall rate of emergency department visits with marijuana-related billing codes dropped 27 percent from 2014 to 2015 (2016 data is not available yet).”
- The estimated percentage of women in Colorado who used marijuana during pregnancy is “not statistically different” from the national average.
- “For adults and adolescents, past-month marijuana use has not changed since legalization either in terms of the number of people using or the frequency of use among users.”
Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a Denver-based marijuana advocacy group, said, “Colorado continues to demonstrate that regulating marijuana works. It is dispelling the myth that the sky will fall if marijuana is made legal for adults. What we are actually seeing is a tightly controlled system of marijuana production and sales that is making our communities safer. We are encouraged by these trends and optimistic about the future of the state, which is setting an example for the rest of the nation. It is clear that prohibition is neither the only way nor the best way to address marijuana-related health concerns. Colorado is taking a more realistic approach, and it is experiencing real results.”
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