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Colorado Marijuana Use 72 Percent Higher than US!

U.S. vs Colorado Past-Month Marijuana Use, 2013

Colorado’s monthly marijuana use is 72 percent greater than the U.S. total among people aged 12 and older according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released last week by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Past-month use in Colorado increased 22 percent from 10.41 percent to 12.7 percent between 2012 and 2013, one year after the state legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012 but one year before recreational pot shops opened for business in January 2014. Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000 when 7.8 percent of its citizens used the drug monthly compared to 12.7 percent thirteen years later. The legislature authorized commercial marijuana growing and sales through dispensaries in 2009. Three years later, more than 500 dispensaries were operating across the state and more than 108,000 residents held medical marijuana cards. Past-month alcohol and pain-reliever use also increased in Colorado in 2013.

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Georgia Student Arrested for Pot Brownies; Children Sent to Hospital

4/21/15–An Albany High School student looking to celebrate an unofficial holiday with schoolmates has been arrested for marijuana brownies. WALB-TV reported that 19-year-old Justin Crutchfield brought the dessert Monday. Police say at least 15 students ate the brownies. Three were treated at a hospital but are fine now.

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Ketchikan Couple Arrested after Police Find Marijuana Grow and Restrained Child

2/20/15–Ketchikan police say they arrested a man and woman on charges stemming from a marijuana grow Tuesday after finding cannabis plants at the couple’s apartment and their 5-year-old granddaughter in an “improvised cage.” The couple was charged with two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for the marijuana grow.

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3-Year-Old’s Call to 911 over Sleeping Mother and Friends Leads to Drug, Child Neglect Charges

2/15/15–Police in Ocean Springs, Mississippi arrested a woman and three friends at motel on drug charges after her 3-year-old called 911 saying he couldn’t wake her up. Ashley Nicole McDaniel, 26, was taken into custody and charged with child neglect and possession of marijuana after police found the woman asleep in the room with the three men.

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Twenty Children, Twenty Deaths Tied to Marijuana

1/12/15–At least 20 small children have died nationwide because of their parents’ or caretaker’s marijuana usage, since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize pot. It began in November 2012, just over two years ago, and it continues to happen in 2015. Four of those deaths occurred in Colorado, three in California.

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St. Paul Couple Accused of Giving Marijuana to Infant

4/18/15–A Minnesota couple is accused of giving marijuana to their infant. The Pioneer Press reports 31-year-old Richard Warren Martin was charged Friday in Ramsey County with fifth-degree drug sale and child endangerment, both felonies. His wife, 31-year-old Molly Ann Martin is charged with child endangerment.

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Georgia Mom, 35, Who Hosted Underage Sex, Drugs Party Also Took Naked Bubble Bath with Teens

4/17/15–The Georgia woman arrested for hosting an underage sex and drugs party lost custody of her children earlier this month after a judge found that she participated in a “multi-party bubble bath” with teenagers and regularly left her five offspring home alone overnight to be with her boyfriend, according to court records. Lehnardt’s estranged spouse also charged that his wife abused marijuana, abandoned their children, and is involved in a relationship with a man who claims to use marijuana and Ecstasy (and has said he has taken LSD). The allegations appear based on information provided by the couple’s four daughters and one son.

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Couple Charged after Exposing Child to Marijuana Smoke, Losing Toddler for 2 Hours

4/3/15–A Birmingham couple was arrested after guests at a Hoover hotel found a 2-year-old girl wandering the hallways alone late at night. Officers interviewed the man and his companion, who is the girl’s mother. Capt. Gregg Rector said lawmen found out the couple had smoked marijuana while driving to the hotel earlier that night, while the child was in the vehicle with them. They also smoked marijuana while sitting in the car in the hotel parking lot, and again the girl was in the car with them.

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Father Charged after Toddler Overdoses on Marijuana in Sask.

2/19/15–The father of a toddler who overdosed on marijuana in Saskatchewan is facing charges. Mounties say the toddler ate marijuana cookies, made by his father, and suffered several seizures after overdosing on the drug. The boy survived, but was kept in intensive care for two days.

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A Medical Marijuana Easter Egg Hunt ‘Giveaway’ Sparked an Instagram Controversy

4/6/15–A Boston-based medical marijuana facility purportedly hid edibles and vouchers for its products inside plastic eggs over the weekend for an Easter egg hunt around the city. The stunt sparked controversy on Instagram when another weed bakery published pictures of the apparently THC-infused sweets concealed inside one plastic egg, allegedly discovered “with a bunch of little kids hovering around it.”

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