REPORT: MARIJUANA COMMERCIALIZATION FAILING IN COLORADO

Click here for the supplement to the following report, “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado The Impact, Volume 3.”

Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) report shows significant increases in traffic fatalities, child poison control exposures, hospitalizations, youth use, amongst other alarming data, detailing how Colorado’s experiment with retail marijuana regulation is a public health and safety failure.

DENVER, CO – The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) has released its updated report, “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado The Impact, Volume 3,” which outlines the most alarming data to date, demonstrating how Colorado marijuana legalization policies have harmed public safety and health. Click here for a pdf copy of this report.

Highlights from the report show serious changes since 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating in Colorado, including:

  • Traffic deaths:  A 32 percent 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 percent
  • Marijuana use by children: Colorado youth usage (ages 12 to 17) ranks 56 percent higher than the national average
  • ER visits:A 29 percent increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits
  • Hospitalizations: A 38 percent increase in the number of marijuana-related hospitalizations
  • Poison control:Marijuana-only related exposures increased 72 percent in only one year
  • More marijuana trafficking:The yearly average interdiction seizures of Colorado marijuana increased another 34 percent

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