After Legalization, CO Youth Lead U.S. In Pot Use, Watchdog Group Says


A federal study of marijuana use in all 50 states shows that Colorado youth now leads the nation in “past-month” marijuana usage, the Denver Post reports. The survey, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shows Colorado leads all states in regular marijuana use among youth, according to the organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Colorado “claims this dubious distinction after being in third place in the 2012-2013 report, and in fourth place in the 2011-2012 study,” said the group.

Recreational marijuana was legalized by Colorado voters in 2012. “Move over, Rhode Island. Now that Colorado has legalized and widely commercialized marijuana, their children use marijuana regularly more than children in any other state,” said Kevin Sabet, president of SAM. “In Colorado especially, Big Marijuana has been allowed to run wild, and it appears that kids are paying the price more than in any other state in the country,” added Sabet, a former White House drug adviso.

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