COLORADO: The percentage of regular marijuana users in Colorado jumped to the second-highest level in the United States as the state began legalizing the drug use in 2012, a new federal data revealed Friday. At least one in eight people over the age of 12 used marijuana in the month before they were surveyed, The Denver Post reported, citing the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The results of the study, which was conducted in 2012 and 2013, show an average estimate of the two years.
In the 2011-12 survey, the study showed that 10.4 percent of Colorado residents aged over 12 years used marijuana in the previous month. That figure increased to 12.7 percent in 2012-2013 with about 530,000 people in Colorado using marijuana at least once a month, The Associated Press reported, citing the results of the survey.
Across the U.S., the study found that nearly 7.4 percent people above 12 years of age use marijuana monthly — an increase of 4 percent. In the state-specific survey, Rhode Island topped the list recording the highest usage of the drug.