Parents may recall the nicknames for the low-potency pot of earlier eras: ditch weed, schwag, brick weed. THC potency, the chemical in marijuana responsible for most of its psychoactive effects, averaged just 3.7% THC in the early 1990s.
Now...average potency of flowers/buds in Colorado is 17.1% and marijuana industry websites boast strains can reach 30%. Furthermore, marijuana concentrates average 62.1% but potency rates of up to 95% have been recorded. 

The scientific research is clear that marijuana can permanently harm teens’ developing brains. These skyrocketing THC potencies raise the stakes considerably for Colorado youth.  



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Ultra-Potent Pot: Growing Risks & Impacts




This is dabbing, an increasingly popular way to smoke ultra-potent marijuana.
With a blowtorch and nearly pure THC resin, it's a far cry from the relatively low-THC joints of earlier decades. Hear from a Colorado high school student, his mother, a prosecutor and an adolescent addiction specialist. Plus learn about the impacts on Pueblo.



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Father Speaks to High School

Father visits late son’s high school with marijuana message Kent Osborn returned on March 20 to Arapahoe High School, which his son Tom had attended. Kent brought along his write-up of Tom’s story, which concludes: “As far as I’m c

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Safe Zones for Kids!

Ask your council member to maintain marijuana-free safe zones for kids Current rules in Denver call for 1,000-foot safe zones between businesses that allow marijuana consumption (which can include outdoor smoking) and schools, child care establishments an

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No Kids @ the 420 Festival

Let’s keep kids away from marijuana at 420 festival On Saturday, April 20, Denver Civic Center Park will host the Mile High 420 Festival, an annual event run by the marijuana industry. Recreational marijuana is illegal for anyone under 21, yet the e

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The reality of today’s marijuana products

July 16, 2018 Smart Colorado depicts reality of today’s commercialized marijuana products with THCphotos.org When the media reports on marijuana, they typically include images of leaves or buds — the traditional plant form that has been smoked for

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New! Circle of Impact!

Introducing Smart Colorado’s “Circle of Impact” Newsletter! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new initiative; a quarterly newsletter appropriately called, “Circle of Impact.”  As a supporter of our work protecting kids and communitie