Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Source: Pueblo Chieftain (CO)
Copyright: 2016 The Pueblo Chieftain
Author: Chris Warren


In a recent Associated Press article "Colorado: Youth pot use hasn't 
gone up since legalization" the main idea was that overall in 
Colorado marijuana use among high schoolers has remained stagnant at 
21 percent, just below the national average of 22 percent. The Pueblo 
for Positive Impact group found the rate in Pueblo is much higher at 
30.1 percent among high schoolers and decided to post several posts 
to its Facebook page, emphasizing this huge difference.

The rate in Pueblo is the highest in the state and was for the past 
survey as well. I have recently been blocked by the group for posing 
links to the past survey showing Pueblo use is actually declining 
since dispensaries were opened in the state.

In 2013, a year before dispensaries opened the rate was 32.1 percent. 
For a group supposedly made up of a large portion of the "highly 
educated" community in Pueblo, many medical doctors and the CEOs of 
the hospitals, their suppression of information is disgusting. There 
are only two data points I could find online, and it is difficult to 
draw conclusions from two data points, but according to the only data 
source we have, marijuana use among high schoolers in Pueblo is on the decline.

Chris Warren

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