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New Report Shows Colorado Teens Aren’t Using More Marijuana


A recently released report indicates that kids aren’t using more marijuana in Colorado – adults are. The newest state data shows that teen use has stayed the same since legalization. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) shows that adult use increased between 2016 and 2017.

Teen use in 2017 was marked at one-in-five teens, which is a reduction from 2013 before recreational sales were legal, Westword reports. Fifteen thousand students were randomly polled. The students were from about 150 different schools.

It was reported that about 19-percent of those polled in 2017 admitted to current marijuana use. The number represents a 1-percent decrease from the 2013 survey and a 2-percent decrease from the 2015 survey. This number also represents that Colorado teens are 1-percent lower than the national average when it comes to marijuana use.

Governor Hickenlooper said, “Preventing young people from using marijuana is a statewide priority. While youth use hasn’t gone up, we are working hard to educate Colorado parents and their children about the health and legal risks of underage marijuana use.”

Adult use in Colorado rose from 13.6-percent in 2016 to 15.5-percent in 2017. The younger age groups, 18-25 and 26-34, saw the largest increases. Beverages and dibbles increased in type of product used to 40.4-percent.

CDPHE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk said, “The marijuana market in Colorado is evolving. Our job is to make sure those who choose to use marijuana, use it safely, legally and responsibly.”

A recent Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows that 72-percent of children who know that their parents don’t approve of underage marijuana use were less likely to experiment.