Marijuana Use Increases in Colorado

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  Marijuana Use Increases in Colorado

Posted by CN Staff on December 26, 2014 at 18:54:28 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post 

Colorado -- As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the estimated percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the country, according to new federal data.When asked, roughly one out of every eight Colorado residents over the age of 12 reported using marijuana in the previous month. Only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using marijuana as frequently. The results come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, or NSDUH, and represent the average of estimates gathered in 2012 and 2013.
The numbers are among the first measurements of marijuana use in Colorado to be released after it became legal in late 2012 for people over 21 to use and possess marijuana in the state. But, because they do not include data from this year, the numbers aren't able to answer the question experts have watched Colorado closely for: How will widespread commercial sales of marijuana impact use?"This is not surprising given what's going on on the medical side," Mark Kleiman, a University of California Los Angeles professor who studies marijuana policy, said of the increase, refering to the uptick in medical marijuana patients in Colorado over the same period. "I don't think this tells us about the longterm impacts of legalization."State-specific data from the NSDUH are averaged over two-year periods to compensate for relatively small sample sizes.For the 2011-2012 period, 10.4 percent of Coloradans 12 and older reported using marijuana in the month prior to being surveyed. That placed Colorado seventh in the country for monthly marijuana use.Monthly use in Colorado jumped to 12.7 percent — a 22 percent increase — in the 2012-2013 data. The result means the survey estimates about 530,000 people in Colorado use marijuana at least once a month.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: December 26, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews   -- Cannabis  Archives 

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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on December 29, 2014 at 17:24:50 PT
Booze also increases: Who's hollering at them?
If cannabis prohibition ends like in Colorado and cops stop caging, harassing & killing cannabis users, then use will likely increase for the relatively safe, extremely popular God-given plant.-0-When the original prohibition with booze ended, did use decrease? Same for the sequel. -0-Here in Summit County, We've recently seen a hard liquor distillery open up and 2 or maybe 3 more micro breweries. Booze of every kind flows freely, everywhere, including too many locations on every town main street and ski resort to list. Booze is available from the bottom and middle of ski areas to the top.Keeping in mind that Colorado voters voted to (RE)-legalize cannabis similar to alcohol. Yet, cannabis sellers get the shaft on Main Street in Breckenridge. PERHAPS TO MAKE MORE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR BOOZEMONGERS.-0-& here's one, indicating the growth of booze, since it seems relevant: As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing critics of cannabis protect their alcohol, don't they?
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on December 28, 2014 at 15:51:51 PT
Ski is still in the sky.
Poll: One year of legalized pot hasn't changed Coloradans' minds"... in general, people who worried the sky would fall have been proved wrong."
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on December 27, 2014 at 18:19:05 PT

Well, I meant Colorado now, didn"t I ?
Take me home country roads!
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on December 27, 2014 at 18:10:02 PT

Chicken Little was wrong after all!
If Denver is the sky high state they would be the first to know if the sky is falling.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on December 27, 2014 at 16:33:39 PT

I thought the same thing. People are being more honest. But that doesn't matter. If more people are using cannabis but crime etc is down then so what. If people are drinking less booze or if booze drinking is also increasing, so what if more people are using cannabis.-0-And yes, Colorado is an extra healthy state. I also saw news that Colorado is also a happy state.
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Comment #4 posted by observer on December 27, 2014 at 15:42:36 PT

Alcohol Use Decreases In Colorado

Alcohol Use Decreases In Colorado ... Highway Fatalities Drop in Colorado ...It seems that some headlines are more appealing to the Denver Post editors, than others.
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Comment #3 posted by schmeff on December 27, 2014 at 12:15:11 PT

The Obvious Question
Are more folks in Colorado using cannabis now that it's legal, or are Coloradans simply more honest about their usage now that legalization has lessened the stigma associated with it?Maybe people haven't increased their cannabis consumption so much as their candor. 
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on December 27, 2014 at 08:40:22 PT

Hey, pot use increased in my house too!
My poor old bald uncle came for Xmas this year. He showed me the comb he got for Xmas when he was 16. Today he can't part with it!
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Comment #1 posted by Garry Minor on December 27, 2014 at 07:32:42 PT:

Colorado is among top 10 healthiest states, United Health study findsColorado is bucking a national trend toward obesity and physical inactivity, once again earning it a spot as the nation's 8th-healthiest state in an annual ranking released Tuesday by United Health Foundation.The Centennial State came out on top as the state with the lowest percentage of obese adults (21.3 percent) and the lowest percentage of adults who have not participated in physical activity in the past 30 days (16.2 percent). Bosm
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