Colorado Teens Not Smoking More Pot After Legalization

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released some interesting information on the effect the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has had on teens. Since marijuana was legalized in 2012, pot use among teens has actually declined.

In 2015, 21 percent of Colorado youths had used marijuana in the past 30 days. That rate is slightly lower than the national average and down from the 25 percent who used marijuana in 2009, before legalization. The survey was based on a random sample of 17,000 middle and high school students in Colorado.

Colorado numbers are being closely watched by policymakers

The Washington Post reports, “The numbers out of Colorado are being closely monitored by policymakers and advocates on both sides of the marijuana legalization divide.” Opponents of legalized marijuana have used the prospect of increased teen usage as a major argument against legalization. However, this data suggests that may not be a winning argument against legalization.

Legalization could be on the ballot in 12 states this fall

"You can rest assured this will be on the November ballot."
—Gavin Newsom

There are initiatives underway in at least twelve states to have a marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot. Ballot measures already have been approved in Florida, Nevada, and Maine. In California, supporters have collected nearly twice the required number of signatures to place The Adult Use of Marijuana Act measure on the November ballot, and formal approval is expected shortly. According to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, "You can rest assured this will be on the November ballot." 

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