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  • Writer's pictureBreathe Free Oregon

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

Updated: Apr 17, 2022

Key Findings: There are 47 pages of shocking findings as a result of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. To name a few:


  1. "Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013, traffic deaths where drivers tested positive for marijuana increased 138% while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 29%."

  2. "Past month marijuana use for ages 12 and older increased 26% and is 61% higher than the national average, currently ranked 3rd in the nation."

  3. "The percent of suicide incidents in which toxicology results were positive for marijuana has increased from 14% in 2013 to 29% in 2020."

  4. "RMHIDTA Colorado Drug Task Forces (10) conducted 294 investigations of blackmarket marijuana in Colorado resulting in: 168 felony arrests, 5.54 tons of marijuana seized, 86,502 marijuana plants seized, and the marijuana was destined to 21 different states."


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