highlights & statistics

*  Colorado youth usage (ages 12-17) ranks 56% higher than the national average.

*  29% increase in the number of marijuana related emergency room visits.

*  38% increase in the number of marijuana related hospitalizations. 

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Section 2 - Youth Marijuana Use:

In 2013, 11.16 percent of Colorado youth ages 12-17 years old were considered current marijuana users compared to 7.15 percent nationally.  Colorado ranked 3rd in the nation and was 56 percent higher than the national average.

Drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 40 percent from school years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.  The vast majority were for marijuana violations.

There was a 20 percent increase in the percent of 12 to 17 year old probationers testing positive for marijuana since marijuana was legalized for recreational purposes. 

Adult Marijuana Use:

In 2013, 29 percent of college age students (ages18 to 25 years old) were considered current marijuana users compared to 18.91 percent nationally.  Colorado, ranked 2nd in the nation, was 54 percent higher than the national average.

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*  70% of all illicit drug users and 85% of alcohol users are employed.

*  1 in 5 Colorado employers implemented more stringent drug testing policies in the wake of the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012.

*  32% increase in marijuana related traffic deaths in just one year after 2012.

September 2015 - Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area published a report comparing the previous years history.  The report shows the impact of marijuana legislation in eleven areas of data collection.

Section 1 - Impaired Driving:

In 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating, there was a 32 percent increase in marijuana related traffic deaths in just one year from 2013. 

Colorado marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 92 percent from 2010-2014. During the same time period all traffic deaths only increased 8 percent.

In 2014, toxicology reports with positive marijuana results of active THC results for primary driving under the influence have increased 45 percent in just one year.

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Probationers age 18 to 25 and 26+ years old testing positive for marijuana increased 49 and 87 percent respectively since marijuana was legalized in 2013.

Diversion by Parcel:

U.S. mail parcels interceptions of Colorado marijuana destined for other states increased 2,033 percent from 2010 to 2014.  Pounds of Colorado marijuana seized in the US. mail, destined for other states increased by 722 percent form 2010 to 2014.  From 2006 to 2008, compared to 2013 to 2014, the average number of seized parcels containing Colorado marijuana that were destined for outside the United States increased by over 7,750 percent and the pounds of marijuana seized in those parcels increased over 1,079 percent.

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