Anti marijuana reports have shown that the number of teens receiving treatment for cannabis abuse has dangerously increased in Colorado. Children have been also put in danger as more and more have been hospitalized for accidental consumption of marijuana infused products.
The organization fighting against marijuana legalization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana(SAM) stated in a report that consumption of cannabis has increased more than average in Colorado and Washington which lead to serious health issues
“We need a pumping-of-the-brakes on the marijuana industry.”(…) “When we have hospitalizations and burns and deaths, we need to stop many of these products from being sold,” said in an interview SAM’s president, Kevin Sabet.
The report asks state laws to change the perspective on the consumption of marijuana. In four U.S. states, has been voted to be legalized the use of recreational use of marijuana. The latest states adopting this law have been Oregon and Alaska. Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.
The ones who are opposing the legalization, say that the states of Washington and Colorado have been invaded with dangerous products such as infused candies or concentrates. All of these products are much more stronger than what was believed to have been used in the 1960’s.
In the first half of 2014, the number of children taken to the hospital for accidentally ingesting marijuana products has highly increased. Last year, fourteen children with ages between 3 and 7 have been hospitalized for accidental use of marijuana. In 2013 there were 8 such cases and four between 2008 and 2011, said SAM.
The rehab and detox centers in the state of Colorado have had an increased number of patients coming in, for teen marijuana abuse treatment. The number of cases have increased with 66% between 2011 and 2014.
Related to this matter, Colorado health officials said that they are preparing a $4 million educational campaign and they will use every means to promote it, from television, internet and radio. They wish to expose the dangers of marijuana infused products and to present views of the law.
The use of cannabis by people with ages 18 and older seems to keep increasing. Since the period of 2011/2013 in Colorado and Washington, the use of marijuana is higher with 3%.
According to SAM, in 2014, the University of Colorado has studied 17 cases of burns provoked by consumption of marijuana. In 2013 the only had 11 cases. The burns are caused by extractions of botched butane hash oil.
Mason Tvert, a spokesman promoting pro cannabis projects, said that the data gathered from one year is irresponsible and not relevant.
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