For all the fear-mongering and hand wringing from cannabis opponents over America’s moves towards legalization, states like Colorado, Washington and California have already shown that recreational pot shops don’t increase street violence or lead to hordes of middle school stoners. Still, no change the scale of cannabis reform goes off completely without a hitch, and introducing a new mind-altering substance, however benign, to the mainstream can certainly cause some confusion.
In a new study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, researchers took a long lense look at Colorado’s cannabis related emergency room visits and found five leading causes for weed-fueled hospital visits.
At the top of the list is a problem Colorado cannabis regulators have recently attempted to address, pediatric ingestion. While teen marijuana usage rates have remained level in the years since legalization and trick-or-treaters