This article was originally published on February 13, 2019 an KOAA News by Andy Koen.

Opponents of marijuana legalization are pointing to a recent study from the state health department to call for stricter enforcement of regulations in order to lower underage marijuana use.

The annual Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana report by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found a similar percentage of teenagers in Colorado (19.4 percent) reported using marijuana in the past 30 days as the national average of 19.8 percent. However, adolescents here are increasingly choosing “dabs” and edibles to get high as opposed to smoking marijuana.

The study authors also found that parents need to do a better job of keeping their marijuana away from their kids. They estimate around 23,000 households in Colorado aren’t properly storing marijuana. Also, the number of reports made to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center for unintentional exposure of marijuana by children age 8 and younger continued to grow in 2018.

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