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WIRE: Colorado cannabis use rates unchanged since legalization

Denver, CO — The percentage of Colorado adults and teens who report using cannabis regularly has remained virtually unchanged in the years following its legalization, according to a new report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

The report, entitled ‘Monitoring Health Concerns related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2016,’ concludes: “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.”

Prior data provided by the agency shows that teens’ marijuana use rates have fallen since 2009.

The paper also acknowledges, “Daily or near-daily marijuana use among adults is much lower than daily or near-daily alcohol or tobacco use,” and reports that incidences of unintentional exposure to cannabis products by young children “appear to be decreasing.”

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the report is available online.

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