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Marijuana Usage Is Increasing In Colorado

Marijuana Usage Is Increasing In Colorado

A new national study is stating that marijuana usage is increasing in Colorado due to the state legalizing marijuana. The Denver Post recently covered a story about a recent survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In the study, they found that nearly 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only the state of Rhode Island was higher than Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using marijuana just as much.

The marijuana study was said to have used average state-specific data over two-year periods, from 2011-2012, and again for 2012-2013 It found that, for the 2011-2012 period, 10.4 percent of Colorado residents 12 and older said they had used pot in the month before being surveyed. That number increased to 12.7 percent in the 2012-2013 data. That means about 530,000 people in Colorado use marijuana at least once a month, according to the results. Nation wide, about 7.4 percent of people 12 and older reported monthly marijuana use. That’s a jump of about 4 percent.

We all know that marijuana usage is increasing in Colorado. The state legalized marijuana. Naturally, you’re going to see illegal marijuana usage increase.

The survey is among the first to quantify pot use in Colorado since late 2012, when voters approved legal pot use and possession for those over 21. But the survey did not analyze data from 2014, when recreational marijuana shops opened, which means it is not a good indication of the effect of commercial sales on marijuana use. It also didn’t state what percentage of those studied were legally allowed to use marijuana. Those indicators are missing among others.

I don’t think this tells us about the long-term impacts of legalization,” said University of California, Los Angeles, professor Mark Kleiman, who studies marijuana policy. The number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado rose over the same time period, so the results are not surprising, Kleiman told the Denver Post.

While studies are often a good indicator for data, we feel that you can’t rely on data from a group that frowns upon marijuana use. I want to see the numbers from a level group that has no preference. On top of that, I would like to know who did the group study, who was involved in the study. Were they Catholics? Where did they live? What was the race? Too many underlying factors in this study if you ask me.

We’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to weigh in and voice your opinions. 

Source: The Denver Post

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