Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

The legalization of cannabis in Colorado has reduced opioid-related deaths, according to a new study published by The American Journal of Public Health.

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The objective of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University, was to “examine the association between Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and opioid-related deaths.” To do this researchers “used an interrupted time-series design (2000-2015) to compare changes in level and slope of monthly opioid-related deaths before and after Colorado stores began selling recreational cannabis.” They also “describe the percent change in opioid-related deaths by comparing the unadjusted model-smoothed number of deaths at the end of follow-up with the number of deaths just prior to legalization.”

According to the study’s abstract; “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month (b = -0.68; 95% confidence interval = -1.34, -0.03) reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado.”

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Colorado has Garnered Over Half a Billion Dollars in New Revenue Since Start of Marijuana Legalization

Colorado has garnered over half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue since legal sales began in 2014, according to a new analysis of state data released Wednesday by Denver-based VS Strategies.

The report — which can be found by clicking here — details the sources of the revenue and provides a snapshot of how it is being distributed.

“Legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adult use has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for Colorado,” says Mason Tvert of VS Strategies (Tvert previously worked for the Marijuana Policy Project). “Marijuana tax money has been used to improve a wide range of programs and services. It is funding everything from school construction to substance abuse treatment to fighting homelessness. While it might not fix every school or help every person who needs it, it is having a significant and positive impact on our community.”

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New Poll Asks Colorado Voters if they Support Repealing Amendment 64

Amendment 64According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, a minority of voters in Colorado support an initiative to repeal Amendment 64, the cannabis legalization measure approved by voters in 2012. A majority of voters would reject such a repeal.

According to the poll, just 36% of voters say they support repealing Amendment 64. This is 9% lower than the percentage of voters who voted “No” on the initiative in 2012, indicating that a good portion of those who opposed the measure no longer do. The poll also found that a majority in the state – 56% – believe that legalization has has a good impact, or no impact, with just 39% saying that think it has had a negative impact.

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Chris Christie: ‘I’m Not Opposed to Medical Marijuana’

medmarDuring the September 16th CNN republican presidential debate, the issue of cannabis law reform came up, which host Jake Tapper called “one of the hottest questions” received by CNN from viewers.

Senator Rand Paul began the debate on the subject by stating, “What the American people don’t like about politics is the hypocrisy”, pointing to he fact that at least one of the candidates on stage has admitted to using cannabis in the past.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, knowing Paul was talking about him, said that “40 years ago I smoked marijuana… I am sure that other people might have done it… and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy that I just did.”

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Traffic Fatalities Have Plummeted in Colorado Since Cannabis Was Legalized

By Radley Balko, The Independent

legalSince Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first legal pot store opened in Washington state, the number of drivers in that state testing positive for pot jumped by a third.

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Chris Christie Will Go After States that Legalize Cannabis if Elected President

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Although it won’t come as much surprise to those who know his political background, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vowed on Sunday to overturn every state-level cannabis legalization law if he’s elected President next year.

The governor, speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, said a Christie administration would use federal law to attack states that have legalized cannabis, including prosecuting those following their state’s law.

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Legal Cannabis Industry Employs 16,000 in Colorado, According to New Report

Colorado’s Marijuanacolo Enforcement Division has released its first annual report detailing the state’s legal cannabis industry.

According to the report, there was 74 tons of legal cannabis sold in Colorado in 2014. For those not wanting to do the math, that’s 148,000 pounds, or 4.1 million ounces. In addition, 4.8 million cannabis-infused edible products were sold. Although the majority of cannabis flower sold was to medical patients (55 of the 74 tons), a majority of edibles were sold to recreational consumers (2.8 million of the 4.8 million sold).

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Poll: 58% of Colorado Voters Support State’s Decision to Legalize Cannabis

New pollingCOSealColor released today by Quinnipiac University has found that 58% of voters in Colorado support the state’s decision to legalize recreational cannabis, 3% more than the number that voted in favor of Amendment 64 in 2012.

The poll asked the following question: “As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Do you support or oppose this law?

58% responded that they support the law, with 38% saying they oppose it. 4% remain undecided. Support was highest among those aged 18 to 34, with 82% in support and just 16% opposed.

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