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Teen Use in Denver Area after Legalization

Denver’s Marijuana Rates vs US

Last 30 Day Use Rates vs. U.S. and information on perceptions and use rates among specific populations:

Source U.S. 8th 10th and 12th Grade Monitoring the Future 2014
Source U.S. 9th Grade – CDC Youth Risk Behaviour Survey 2014
Source Denver: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2014 http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/Resources/HKCS/HighSchool/HSR20_HS.pdf

Grade

Marijuana US

Marijuana Denver

Percent Higher in Denver than US

8th

6.5%

22.5%

350%

9th

17%

23.8%

35%

10th

16.6%

25.3%

56%

12th

21.2%

30%

42%

Additional data of concern for Denver:

  • 􏰀  Use among Denver’s African American youth is almost 30% (29.6) and Caucasian Youth is 31%
  • 􏰀  Almost 40% of Denver’s Caucasian high school males are using and 33% of African Americanfemale high school students
  • 􏰀  63% of Denver high school students say it’s sort of easy or very easy to get marijuana
  • 􏰀  Only 44% of Denver High School youth believe regular marijuana use is harmful with the lowest perception of harm among African American youth (36%)

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