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Federal Study: Marijuana Use By CO Teens Falls Post Legalization


Monthly marijuana use by Colorado teens has declined since voters passed Amendment 64 and legalized adult-use recreational marijuana, according to a new federal study.

An inconvenient truth for Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions and his absurd campaign against sensible marijuana laws, legalization in Colorado has led to a statistically significant decline in consumption for children 12 to 17 years old.

Performed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), results from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, the rate of marijuana use in the last month by individuals ages 12-17 declined by nearly 20 percent.

Colorado voters initially passed Amendment 64 in 2012, with recreational sales officially firing up in 2014.

While legal for adults, “There are serious penalties for selling to minors, and regulated cannabis businesses are being vigilant in checking IDs,” Brian Vicente, a co-author of Amendment 64, informed The Washington Post Monday.

Sessions, of course, has his own draconian take on the repercussions of marijuana legalization. In a recently published video obtained by ABC News, the Attorney General took a pointed question from an inquisitive intern with the Department of Justice. Asked why he supports “pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws,” our learned AG explained drugged-driving was responsible for more carnage on the road ( i.e. death) than alcohol last year.

The only problem with the AG’s assertion is that it’s wrong, at least according to a study published in July by the American Journal of Public Health.

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett

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  1. Good reads
    Enjoyed the articles ☺

    I’m with you Bud👍, I have always believed ‘Smoke’ to be mellowing. And never considered it as a DRUG. For goodness sakes, it is all natural.
    Unlike cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

  2. Oh, the drug warriors aren’t going to be happy about this development. But since when have they ever known anything about the subject??

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