According to a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported on by the Associated Press and The Denver Post, Colorado now has the second-highest number of regular marijuana users since it legalized the drug. Specifically, approximately 1 out of 8 Colorado citizens over the age of 12 has used marijuana within the last month.
The study noted that Colorado was second only to Rhode Island in the number of residents who reported smoking marijuana as often. Researchers derived the data by averaging state-specific data over a period of two years. The survey said for the period from 2011 to 2012, “10.4 percent of Colorado residents 12 and older” reported using marijuana during the month prior to the survey.
The number rose to 12.7 percent in the data from 2012-2013. This translates to almost 530,000 people in Colorado using marijuana a minimum of once a month. The national statistic for monthly marijuana users over the age of 12 is less than 7.4 percent. That is an increase of almost four percent.
In the state of Washington, which also recently limited possession and use of marijuana for adults, monthly use of marijuana climbed nearly 20 percent. This means 12.3 percent of residents 12 and older now use marijuana at least once a month.
There has not been a survey to quantify the use of marijuana in Colorado since late in 2012 when resident voters OKed legal possession and marijuana use for those over the age of 21. The survey did not account for 2014. This was the year recreational marijuana shops opened, which demonstrates the effect of commercial sales on the use of marijuana.
Pot pundit professor Mark Kleiman from the University of California, in Los Angeles, California commented: “I don’t think this tells us about the long-term impacts of legalization. The number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado rose over the same time period, so the results are not surprising.”
Kleiman claims that the state will have a more accurate idea about the increase in marijuana usage in Colorado once they can concentrate on the statistics revealing the number of daily marijuana users. He added: “The fraction of people who are monthly users who are in fact daily users has gone way, way up.”
“The current number of monthly marijuana users in Colorado can only be even higher” concluded Jack S. Chesney, former Penn State penman and student of marijuana use and legislation.
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