According to a new survey, roughly one-third of people who use marijuana in Colorado are doing so on a daily basis.
For the first time since the state legalized marijuana in January 2014, the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment has some numbers on how residents are using it.
According to the report, 13.6 percent of Colorado adults have used marijuana in the last 30 days, which is close to the national average. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that on a national level, 12.9 percent of adults have used the substance in the same timeframe.
The survey found that current use goes down as age goes up; adults who are between 18 and 24 years old are more than 10 times more likely than those 65 and older to use marijuana. While the survey found that the age of adults at their first use is getting lower, the current average age of initiation is 18 years old.
“Tracking this data over time will help us identify trends that will be useful in planning public health awareness campaigns about marijuana use,”
said CDPHE Executive Director Larry Wolk, who is also the department’s chief medical officer.
For example, according to the survey responses, Hispanics are less likely to use marijuana than people who are white or black. People who are currently using tend to be young adults who have lower incomes, though people with higher incomes were more likely to have used marijuana at some point.
Additionally, men are more likely to use than women. The survey also revealed that gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are more prone to using marijuana than their heterosexual counterparts. According to the survey, the highest use comes from resort areas in the state and the Denver metro area.
The infographic below was made by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.