The state of Colorado marijuana. Recently, the Department of Public Safety released a report on marijuana’s impact in the state. General findings appear to be positive, with a few trouble spots.

According to the report, there has been a significant drop in arrests “since recreational sales began in 2014.” This is mostly attributed to the decline in possession charges.

Positive findings include:

  • Colorado marijuana use among youths does not seem to be increasing.
  • Traffic deaths that are directly attributed to marijuana are down.
  • Legalization happened in 2014 – revenues in 2017 reached $247 million.
  • Colorado marijuana revenue has quadrupled since legalization.


Potentially negative findings:

  • There has been a rise in arrests for smuggling of cannabis edibles and concentrates.
  • Visits are up for the emergency room, hospitals, and poison control centers.

Extenuating Circumstances

Although the findings suggest potential negatives, the report mentions “hidden factors” that contribute to these trends. The state specifically mentions the decrease in social stigma surrounding marijuana use. Reduced stigma might contribute to the increase in hospital reports.

These “baseline and preliminary” findings were drawn from a relatively small amount of data – basically only since legalization. And comparing today’s data to that of previous years (that is prior to legalization) will require deeper comparisons and deeper investigation, the state’s report adds. The years compiled within the report are from 2012 to 2017. But as the Colorado marijuana report concludes, “the lack of pre-commercialization data…make it difficult to translate these preliminary findings into definitive statements of outcomes.”

A Breakdown of the Report’s Findings:

  • 52% decrease in marijuana arrest for illegal possession charges.
  • 51% increase in production arrests.
  • Indications of the illicit market growing
  • Public land grows have increased as well as seizures of these plants
  • Felonies related to marijuana dropped during 2012 to 2014 and then doubled between 2015 to 2017.
  • From 2014 to 2017, DUI arrests dropped.

Baby Steps to Understanding Cannabis Implications

Colorado continues to study the impact legalization has had on the state. The more research, the better. Because the more data that is acquired, the better the picture the state can paint and the better the industry will fare.

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