Study: 13.6 percent of adults in Colorado use marijuana


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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Monday that data show 13.6 percent of adults in the state reported they had used marijuana within the past 30 days.

It’s the first time the department has tracked marijuana use since Colorado legalized it beginning in January 2014.

In 2013, the national survey of drug use and health as tracked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed 12.9 percent of Colorado adults reported using marijuana within the past 30 days.

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“Tracking this data over time will help us identify trends that will be useful in planning public health awareness campaigns about marijuana use,” CDPHE Executive Director and chief medical officer Larry Wolk said.

The survey found those ages 18 to 24 are more than 10 time more likely to use marijuana than those ages 65 and older. One-third of current users reported using marijuana daily and 18.8 percent said they drove after using.

The Denver metro are and the resort areas reported the highest use, and gay, lesbian and bisexual adults were more likely to use marijuana than heterosexuals.

Marijuana use was noticeably lower among Hispanics compared to whites or blacks. And those with higher incomes were more likely to have used marijuana but current use is higher among young adults with lower household income.

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