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Visits to the ER increase for marijuana consumption

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Visits to the ER increase for marijuana consumption
November 08
12:54 2018

ACCORDING TO THE COLORADO DEPARMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Newsroom/El Comercio de Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment determined, after a study, that the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in 2014 has not increased crime or automobile accidents. The study also indicates there was no increased consumption in schools. This study considered “unbiased and transparent’, analyzes in detail the impact of legalization of marijuana for recreational use for the past four years in our state.

Based on local, statewide and national data, this study focused on determining if the sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado since January 2014 had an influence or not in criminal activity, automobile accidents, visits to the emergency room, consumption amongst adults and youth, school indiscipline, and other topics. No increase in crime, auto accidents or use by minors in schools was detected.

Black market persists

However, the study reveled that hospital visits have increased for marijuana consumption. The study also says that the black market persists as well as the illegal shipping of the substance from Colorado to other states. “This is exactly the kind of data we need to be able to give context to the rules and laws,” said Governor Hickenlooper when he presented the report, that was prepared by the Division of Criminal Justice of the State Department of Public Safety.

Regarding crime, the data suggests that the most police activity is taking place because now the law enforcement and prosecutors are pursuing illegal activities that relate to “cannabis.” And, even though the number of cases has increased since 2015, it is significantly lower than the numbers in 2008, and there is no increase in juvenile crime related to marijuana.

No impact on school-aged children

At the same time, and according to the study, recreational marijuana has not impacted the high school graduation rate in Colorado. Investigators didn’t detect an increase in school dropout rate that might be attributed to the consumption of recreational marijuana. The number of expulsions, suspensions and arrests of students remained at the same levels as it was before 2012.

On a different area, there was an increase in the number of busts of illegal marijuana growing operations on public lands and private property. A higher number of packages sent by mail outside of Colorado was also detected. And an increase in visits to hospitals and emergency rooms for excess consumption was detected, although visits for accidental consumption, especially amongst kids, decreased after new measures were implemented in 2015.

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