Category Archives: Colorado

New Report on CO’s Marijuana Experiment

Project SAM published an infographic report about the lessons learned after 3 years of the marijuana experiment in Colorado. Marijuana use is rising in all age groups, as are traffic fatalities, poisonings and teen arrests. Teen admissions to addiction treatment programs are up 66%. Interdictions of the drug being transported to other states is up 521%.

Colorado’s marijuana experiment is a cautionary tale for other states. After three years it’s clear that CO’s marijuana experiment is putting the public’s health and safety in danger.

See the sobering report on the Project SAM website: Lessons After 3 Years of Marijuana Legalization.

Youth Marijuana Use High and Colorado Leads Nation

Californians, please think.  Our children can’t afford the explosive  growth in marijuana use that comes with legitimizing and legalizing the powerful drug.   We will not support the marijuana legalization proposition advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and paid for by east coast billionaire Sean Parker.

The most comprehensive federal government drug use survey conducted in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) shows that Colorado now leads the country in past-month youth marijuana use, after legalizing marijuana in 2012. The state claims this dubious distinction after being in third place in the 2012-2013 report, and in fourth place in the 2011-2012 study.

“Now that Colorado has legalized and widely commercialized marijuana, their children use marijuana regularly more than children in any other state,” according to Dr. Kevin Sabet, President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) a former White House drug adviser who grew up in California.   Project SAM will work actively against the proposition in California next year.

“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.”

Other states that have legalized marijuana finished in the top six:  the District of Columbia (4th), Oregon (5th), and Washington state (6th).  Vermont and Rhode Island are also in the mix.

Youth Pot Users Includes 6 Percent of 12th Graders who are Daily Users

“This year’s survey shows how, in an era of falling overall drug,
cigarette, and alcohol use — an achievement made possible by years of effort and millions of dollars of public funding — marijuana use among kids remains strong,” remarked Dr. Sabet.

“It may also be why daily marijuana use is at near-record levels.
And this doesn’t even include teens not going to school.” Moreover, this year’s survey may underestimate minors’ marijuana use. Of most concern is its exclusive focus on use of “marijuana/hashish.” The term is not well-defined given the explosion of novel marijuana products. The survey showed that kids in “medical marijuana” states use far more edible products than kids not in those states.

That narrow focus may also exclude highly concentrated products such as butane hash oil (BHO), waxes, and resins (“shatter”), which have also gained in popularity. It therefore remains unclear whether survey respondents identified use of all of the above products as
“marijuana/hashish” use.  These products are very popular in California.

The survey also excludes high school dropouts, who are more likely to use marijuana than their peers.   Teens who smoke pot daily are much more likely to drop out of high school and/or college.

 

More Deaths from Marijuana in Colorado

The third Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report (HIDTA ) Report was released last week and there’s more bad news surrounding marijuana in Colorado.  There are statistics about teen use, hospitalizations and traffic deaths. The most disturbing news, though, is more deaths from marijuana.

Two more young men died this year and marijuana is substantially to blame. In March, Luke Goodman, a 23-year old (shown above), was on a two-week ski vacation with his family. He and a cousin purchased marijuana edibles and marijuana. Goodman was inexperienced and apparently ate several peach tart candies. Several hours later he was reported to be jittery, incoherent and talking non-sensibly. His cousin describe him as “pretty weird and relatively incoherent. Continue reading More Deaths from Marijuana in Colorado

Colorado Has Buyers’ Remorse for Legal Weed

According to a poll by SmithJohnson Research, 51 percent of 600 likely voters in Colorado said they would vote against marijuana legalization if it came up today.

The survey results show a change in mood in less than three years. Amendment 64 was on the ballot in 2012 and almost 55 percent of Colorado voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana.  However, based on current observations, 45 percent said they would strongly oppose the measure. Only 36% said they would be strongly for the measure if it were on a ballot now.

“Voters seem to be having some buyer’s remorse,” Continue reading Colorado Has Buyers’ Remorse for Legal Weed