Libraries serve as your go-to source for information on the topics that impact your life. Love it or hate it, Colorado made history on Jan. 1, 2014, when it became the first state in the country to legally sell marijuana to the public for recreational use. As the state charters this new territory, residents are trying to navigate the facts.
$996 million: Annual sales of retail marijuana in Colorado for 2015.
$135 million: Taxes and business fees collected by the State of Colorado from retail marijuana in 2015. Collected taxes are earmarked for school construction, law enforcement, youth programs and drug education initiatives.
20 percent: Current tax rate, including state, local and special taxes, for recreational marijuana in Denver, Colorado.
Can you can get high just by eating the plant?
No: Some cannabinoids must be activated by heat and are soluble in fats and alcohol.
Is marijuana a “gateway drug”?
Under debate: Drugabuse.gov points out that marijuana use may prime your brain for different experiences, but doesn’t guarantee you will move on to different drugs.
Is marijuana bad/good for your health?
Marijuana and its effects on the human body are still being studied, and its use can be both harmful and beneficial depending on a number of factors:
Learn more: If you have questions about legal marijuana in Colorado, visit your local Anythink for additional resources.
Sources: State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Pot Guide, Colorado Department of Revenue, The Cannabist, American Lung Association, DrugAbuse.org
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