Report Finds Colorado Highest in Past-Month Marijuana Use
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this week released its report on current marijuana use in Colorado showing the state is now No. 1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from No. 4 in 2011-2012.
The report, “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Latest Results for Colorado Youth and Adult Marijuana Use,” is a summary of some of the data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The NSDUH data reported by SAMHSA is an average of two consecutive years.
Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2013 and retail marijuana businesses began operation in 2014. The findings are between the two-year average of full legalization (2013-2014) compared to the two-year average just prior to legalization (2011-2012).
HIDTA’s report found that Colorado youth past-month marijuana use for 2013-2014 was 74 percent higher than the national average, compared to 39 percent higher in 2011-2012.