Alexandria, VA, May 4, 2017 – Today, a new study was released showing that marijuana-related emergency visits by kids in Colorado more than quadrupled since the state legalized marijuana. In 2005, only 149 teens were admitted for marijuana-related visits. That number spiked to 639 by 2015, most of which were related to mental illness.

“This study highlights the negative consequences we’ve been seeing in Colorado since the state legalized marijuana, and now more teens are suffering from the harmful effects of highly potent pot products,” said SAM President Dr. Kevin Sabet. “The costs for Coloradans keep mounting while the marijuana industry keeps getting richer. We need to wake up to the fact that the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado has been a disaster for public health and safety.”

Evidence demonstrates that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decade – is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. Moreover, in states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes and youth marijuana use. States that have legalized marijuana have also failed to shore up state budget shortfalls with marijuana taxes, continue to see a thriving black market, and are experiencing a continued rise in alcohol sales.

About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit http://www.learnaboutsam.org.

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