The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

Overview

This report, prepared by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – covering Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Montana – summarizes the impact of legalized marijuana on traffic fatalities, usage, social impact and more.  Significant findings include:

  • Since recreational marijuana was legalized, marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151 percent while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35 percent.
  • Colorado past month marijuana use for ages 12 and older is ranked 3rd in the nation and is 85 percent higher than the national average.
  • The yearly rate of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased 148 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016)
  • 65 percent of local jurisdictions in Colorado have banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses.

We thank the Rocky Mountain HIDTA for sharing this very eye opening report with our audience.