According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 10.4 percent of Coloradans over the age of 12 said they’d used marijuana in the past month when asked during a period in 2011–2012. That figure jumped to 12.7 percent the next year, meaning that Colorado has the second-highest (heh) percentage of regular weed consumers in the United States. (Rhode Island is No. 1, while the national rate is a considerably less chill 7.4 percent.) The survey didn’t include numbers from 2014, the year Colorado’s recreational pot sales began, so it doesn’t tell us if usage increased with legalization — but it does at least partially explain how ol’ Amendment 64 passed in the first place.
We’re all committed — I’m committed to make sure that we’ve got all of this cleaned out, and protected. Gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and, it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a, much different — we’re a forest nation.” He called it “a forest nation.” And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So, uh, I know everybody’s looking at that. To that end. And it’s gonna work out. It’s gonna work out well.