TRUST THE DATA

Since the legalization of marijuana in 2000, things have changed. Many voted yes because decriminalizing marijuana was the right thing to do for those unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. Unfortunately, the industry has used legalization to concentrate marijuana and commercialize a much harder drug. Peer-reviewed, published studies show that high-THC drugs cause significant harm to those with developing brains. We know Boulder youth can buy any-strength marijuana with almost no barriers, due to social selling enabled by loopholes. The heartbreak and despair of lives diminished or cut short is a price many will pay. We must all bear the societal costs.  

 

Boulder should not expand marijuana with
recreational delivery or social consumption. 
   
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KEY TREND CONCERNS

COLORADO CURRENTLY HOLDS THE TOP RANKING FOR FIRST-TIME MARIJUANA USE AMONG YOUTH, REPRESENTING A 65% INCREASE IN THE YEARS SINCE LEGALIZATION (NSDUH 2006-2017)

COLORADO TOXICOLOGY REPORTS SHOW THE PERCENTAGE OF ADOLESCENT SUICIDE VICTIMS TESTING POSITIVE FOR MARIJUANA HAVE INCREASED
[COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT (CDPHE) 2017]

COLORADO’S TEEN SUICIDE RATE INCREASED 58% FROM 2016-2019, THE HIGHEST INCREASE
IN THE COUNTRY  (UNITED HEALTH FOUNDATION)

THC IS THE NUMBER ONE DRUG FOUND IN COLORADO TEENS 15-19 WHO DIED BY SUICIDE IN 2017​

(CDPHE VIOLENT DEATH REPORTING SYSTEM)

THC POTENCY IN CONCENTRATE DRUGS HAS INCREASED MORE THAN 800% SINCE 2010

(CDPHE 2020)

HIGH-POTENCY THC USE IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED SEVERITY OF DEPENDENCE, ESPECIALLY IN YOUNG PEOPLE. (FREEMAN TP AND WINSTOCK AR. PSYCH MED 2015;45:3181-3189)

MULTIPLE STUDIES SHOW SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH HIGH THC:  ADDICTION, PSYCHOSIS, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SLEEP PROBLEMS, SUICIDE, VIOLENCE (SEE ARTICLES AND STUDIES BELOW)

RECENT STUDIES AND ARTICLES

Teenage Brains May Be Especially Vulnerable to Marijuana and Other Drugs
- New York Times

March 29, 2021

Suicide in Colorado (scroll to "Story Four") 

- Colorado Health Institute

January, 2021

Association of Cannabis Use With Self-harm and Mortality Risk
Among Youths With Mood Disorders - JAMA Psychiatry

January, 2021

Commend Biden for Resisting Big Marijuana

- Newsweek

July, 2020

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

- Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Volume 7, September 2020 

THC Concentration in Colorado Marijuana: Health Effects and Public Health Concerns
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

August, 2020

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 

- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

2019 Data

For Our Kids' Sake, Reign in Reckless Pot Peddlers

- Colorado Politics

August, 2020

Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety,
and Suicidality in Young Adulthood | JAMA Psychiatry

February, 2019

Daily Marijuana Use and Highly Potent Pot Linked to Psychosis

- National Public Radio

March, 2019

ER Visits for Kids Rise Significantly After Pot Legalized in Colorado

- NBC News

May, 2017

Legalizing Marijuana Won’t Advance Social Justice

- Dr Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

July, 2020

Cannabis-related psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users,
marijuana can be a dangerous game | Philadelphia Inquirer

December, 2019

The Problem with the Current High Potency THC Marijuana
from the Perspective of an Addiction Psychiatrist

Nov-Dec, 2018

Depression, Anxiety Three Times More Likely in People with Cannabis Use Disorder

- Journal of Affective Disorders

December, 2020

High Potency Marijuana and the Risk of Psychosis​

- The British Journal of Psychiatry 

2009

Boulder County Sees More Patients with Chronic Vomiting Condition
Tied to Chronic Pot Use | Associated Press

December, 2018

A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers

- New York Times

April, 2018

 
 
 
 
 

In November 2020,
New Zealanders successfully defeated a national referendum on marijuana legalization that relied heavily on Colorado data that have emerged since legalization. 

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Likewise, Idaho uses Colorado results in its campaign:

Colorado author Ben Cort describes how aggressive commercialization in Colorado has corrupted legalization: