Marijuana use among adult Coloradans up, says new study

Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 12:51 PM MST
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More adults of all ages are using marijuana, according to a recently released study by the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee.

The study, called “Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2018,” also found a slight increase in unintentional pot consumption in children under the age of 9.

Among the other findings:

- In addition to more adults using pot, they are using it more frequently and using multiple methods

- Pot use among pregnant Coloradans overall has held steady since data was first collected in 2014, but use is up among younger women, women with less education, and women with unintended pregnancies.

- Driving soon after pot use remained virtually unchanged in 2018 when compared to previous years.

- High schoolers in 2018 were not using significantly more marijuana than in previous years, and the amount remained less than alcohol use and vaping.

- However, there have been "significant" increases in dabbing and edible use.

- The overall rate of ER visits connected with pot is up

The committee recommends public health education and prevention efforts should continue to focus on use during pregnancy, use in homes with children, and adolescent use.


to read the full study.