Cannabis Legalization is Driving an Increase in Related ER Visits

The legalization of both medical use and recreational use of in the United States has lead to an increase in both availability and potency. The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports approximately a 60% increase in cannabis use between 2002 and 2019. The growth over this period has been linked directly to the availability of retailers. There are an estimated 31.5m individuals over 12 years of age in the US that used in the last month, and this is growing by approximately 10% per year. 

Legalization has also changed how people consume cannabis, with edibles and concentrates becoming more popular. In particular, edibles have proven popular among new users and have captured a large part of the market: 45% of all Cannabis sales in Colorado in 2016 were for edibles. Growth in the sales of edible cannabis products has outpaced

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