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Public opinion swings the other way — even in Utah, where a slight majority favor legalizing medical marijuana, a recent Salt Lake Tribune poll found.
But armed with alarming statistics, Sabet said states should think twice about following Colorado’s lead.
Since Colorado legalized medical marijuana — recreational sales are now also legal — the state has seen dramatic increases in marijuana-related driving fatalities and the accidental ingestion of pot-infused candy and brownies by children, he said.
"Denver now has more dispensaries than Starbucks," he said, noting the low-cost pot grown there is being diverted to other states.
Teen use of weed in Colorado is nearly three times the national average, Sabet said. "If Denver were an American state, it would have the highest marijuana use rate in the country."
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