August 18, 2017

Impact of Marijuana Upon Colorado Youth

Posted on January 14, 2016 by in Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, News

Rocky Mountain HIDTA

The recent ONDCP Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report, The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, reveals the developing negative impact marijuana legalization is having upon the youth of Colorado. These adverse outcomes should not come as surprise to anyone.


Youth Findings

Past Month (Current) Marijuana Use for Colorado Youth Ages 12 to 17 Years Old:

  • In the two year average (2013/2014) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, youth past month marijuana use increased 20 percent compared to the two year average prior to legalization (2011/2012).   Nationally youth past month marijuana use declined 4 percent     during the same time.
  • The latest 2013/2014 results show Colorado youth ranked#1in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from #4 in 2011/2012.
  • Colorado youth past month marijuana use for 2013/2014 was74 percent higherthan the national average compared to 39 percent higher in 2011/2012.

Read the entire report: