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Report Reveals Steep Increase in Marijuana Use in Colorado Following Legalization

A 2017 report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federally-supported task force that provides data about drug use in Colorado, Wyoming, and other western states, reported that youth marijuana use in Colorado increased by 20 percent in 2013-2014, following the drug being legalized in 2012. The report also showed that Colorado youth rank #1 in the nation for past-month marijuana use, 55 percent higher than the national average. Marijuana-related traffic deaths also increased 66 percent in the four-year average (2013-2016) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana compared to the four-year average (2009-2012) prior to legalization.
A copy of the report may be viewed at RMHIDTA 2017 Report.