Oct. 18 (via UPI) — Opioid-related deaths in Colorado fell by more than 6 percent since the state legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014, new research has found.
According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health, “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths.”
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Court: Scent not enough for car search
Because pot is legal in state, smell doesn’t constitute cause
The indication by a drug-sniffing police dog to the presence of controlled substances in a vehicle by itself is not enough to constitute probable cause for police to search that vehicle, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
In a precedent-setting case involving a Moffat County resident, a three-judge panel agreed that a police officer needs more cause to search a vehicle without permission from its owner.
That’s because it could be legal marijuana, the court ruled.
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Chalk up another milestone month for Colorado cannabis sales.
The $127.7 million worth of flower, edibles and concentrates purchased in May from the state’s marijuana shops didn’t set a record for monthly sales, though. That honor still goes to March of this year, when sales totaled $131.7 million, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of Colorado marijuana tax data.
May’s benchmark, rather, is one of consistency. It marked the 12th consecutive month that Colorado marijuana sales topped $100 million.
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