Truth on Weed: Just the Facts

Center for Disease Control: One in six teens (under 18) that use marijuana will become addicted. “About 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted. For people who begin using younger than 18, that number rises to 1 in 6.”

“The share of drivers who, after a fatal crash, tested positive for active THC – the drug’s main psychoactive ingredient – has doubled since [Washington State] legalized marijuana in December 2012.” (Source: AAA, January 2020)

Driving fatalities doubled in Colorado and Washington state. (Source: AAA, Highway Loss Data Institute)

“[L]egalization of recreational use of marijuana may increase the rate of THC-positive drivers involved in fatal crashes.”Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Potency levels of marijuana are on the rise, with 99% THC products on the market. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) points out that today’s marijuana has three times the concentration of THC compared to 25 years ago, and when extracted into concentrates it averages more than 50% in THC levels. (Source:

In Colorado, there are more pot shops than Starbucks and McDonalds combined. Denver (2018): 364 marijuana shops, 80 Starbucks, 31 McDonalds.

First-year “revenue” numbers for recreational marijuana are often inflated. “You do not legalize for taxation. It is a myth. You are not going to pave streets. You are not going to be able to pay teachers. The big red herring is the whole thing that the tax revenue will solve a bunch of crises. But it won’t.” – Andrew Freedman, former Colorado pot czar

  • California – Projected: $1 billion | Actual: $345 million (34%)
  • Alaska – Projected: $9.6 million | Actual: $1.7 million (18%)
  • Colorado – Projected: $118 million | Actual: $67 million (57%)

Marijuana Vaping Rates Nearly Doubled Among High-School Seniors in 2019. (LiveScience, December 18, 2019) “Results show that the percentage of 12th graders who reported vaping marijuana in the  preceding month soared from 7.5% in 2018 to 14% in 2019. This 6.5% increase is one of the largest single-year jumps seen in the survey’s 45-year history for any substance used in the previous month, the authors said.” 

From the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data):
– “From 2017 to 2019, driving a vehicle after recently using marijuana significantly increased from 9.0% to 32.4% among Colorado high school students.”
– From 2017 to 2019, there was a significant increase in dabbing and vaporizing as a usual method of marijuana use among high school students.

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