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Colorado Impacts on Marijuana Legalization Report Released


The “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado” report takes a hard look at how legalization has affected impaired driving, youth use, crime and several other factors. It’s considered one of the most comprehensive reports for industry data. The report is 266 pages long.

Between 2015 and 2017, teen use has decreased 2-percent, Westword notes. Colorado remains under the national average for teen/youth use. The report also shows that the state has consistently been lower than the national average since 2011.

The state started keeping data regarding drivers with THC in their systems in 2016. The number of drivers with active THC in their blood did increase a little. The legal limit in Colorado is 5-nanograms, and the number of drivers with that amount or more did fall by 4-percent.

Illegal marijuana seizures nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017. More was seized in Southern Colorado.

The report said, “The number of plants seized on public lands increased. There were 80,926 plants seized, which is up from 46,662 in 2012.”

Calls to poison control regarding marijuana ingestion/exposure did increase over the past decade, with 222 in 2017. The number, however, has not shown any significant increase since 2014.

Marijuana-related arrests decreased by 56% between 2012 and 2017.

The report also looked at the economic impact that marijuana legalization has had on the states. In 2017, schools received $40-illion in marijuana tax revenue. The state’s general public school fund received $27.8-million.

Overall, the report had good news to report for Colorado – and the sky still hasn’t fallen.