Colorado Experiencing Unintended Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana

 

Colorado Experiencing Unintended Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana
 
A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows an alarming pattern of children admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of ingesting marijuana. The JAMA study looked at over 1,300 children from age 8 months to 12 years. It was found that some of these children showed signs of lethargy, loss of bodily functions and anxiety attacks after ingesting marijuana. More disturbing is that eight of the patients required admittance to Children’s Hospital in Denver:  two were admitted to the intensive care unit, and several lapsed into comas. 
 
The report found that since 2009, cases of unintentional ingestion of marijuana have significantly increased. With THC levels having increased from 2 percent to 8 percent or more, the likelihood of this trend continuing is very significant, should states continue to defy federal law and legalize marijuana for any purpose. In fact, in less than a month after voters passed Amendment 64, three University of Colorado students were hospitalized after ingesting marijuana. Four days later, a 14 year old student from Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was also hospitalized as a result of ingesting pot. 
 
Colorado is seeing the dire consequences of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Don’t we have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable, our children?