A new report from the state of Colorado proves that marijuana alarmists were wrong. Kids are not partaking in marijuana more as a result of recreational cannabis legalization in that state.
The Colorado Department of Public Safety released its report, “Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings,” during 4/20 holiday season.
In fact, pot use among high schoolers in the state has decreased. And, of course, cannabis-related arrests in Denver have gone down too (it’s legal!).
DUIs were up 12 percent between 2014 and 2015, but pot-related DUIs were actually down.
Those aged 18 to 25 saw marijuana use increase 10 percentage points between 2006 and 2014 (it’s legal!), the state report found. Pot use for those 26 and older increased 7 percentage points during that time.
Cannabis-related hospitalizations were up from 803 per 100,000 people before legalization to 2,413 per 100,000 after (the first legit recreational sales were in 2014), the report said..
Meanwhile, Colorado officials urged 4/20 holiday week visitors to play safe, be wary of the power of edibles, and be aware that it’s illegal to smoke in public spaces.
“Knowing our laws and safety concerns will help those who choose to use marijuana have a more responsible experience,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s executive director and chief medical officer.
Source: The 420 Times
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