Misrepresenting Colorado Marijuana Use

In this report, Murray finds that there is no Colorado “survey” of youth marijuana use and no instrument “representing” Colorado youth. The survey response rate, only 46 percent, was inadequate; crucially, below the threshold set by the Centers for Disease Control. Media reported youth use “flat,” but steep increases were widespread. In reality, Colorado youth marijuana use is not “below the national average”—Colorado has the highest rate of marijuana use in the nation. Murray’s research illustrates that the only “lesson” about legalization is how rapidly it has corrupted key institutions and the press.

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