The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment highlighted several “encouraging trends” in its latest annual report on marijuana-related health concerns.
According to the report:
• “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.”
• “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.
Once again, Colorado continues to demonstrate that regulating marijuana works.