This state-by-state data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that kids in states with legal marijuana (recreational and medical) are consuming it at much higher rates than other states.
Even before recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, kids in our state were consuming marijuana more than the majority of the country. By the end of last year, Colorado had licensed 827 medical and recreational marijuana shops.
The newsletter here shows how important it is to protect kids in states like Colorado where marijuana is readily available and commercialized. Are kids seeing an accurate picture of the health risks of consuming high-potency marijuana products when those products are easy to obtain and can look like candy, cookies, and other snacks?