Study says Colorado has second-highest percentage of marijuana users in country (US News)

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | December 26, 2014

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, file photo, sales associate Matt Hart uses a pair of chopsticks to hold a bud of Lemon Skunk, the strain of highest potency available at the 3D Dispensary, in Denver. Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study released, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, file photo, sales associate Matt Hart uses a pair of chopsticks to hold a bud of Lemon Skunk, the strain of highest potency available at the 3D Dispensary, in Denver. Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study released, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study.

The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1BdXt69) reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using pot as often, according to the study.

The study averaged state-specific data over two-year periods. It found that, for the 2011-2012 period, 10.4 percent of Colorado residents 12 and older said they had used pot in the month before being surveyed. That number jumped to 12.7 percent in the 2012-2013 data. That means about 530,000 people in Colorado use marijuana at least once a month, according to the results.

Read More

109 queries in 1.268 seconds