Research Brief: Underage marijuana use and impaired driving common in Colorado and Washington where marijuana is legalized

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A new study by the University of Minnesota  School of Public Health , published in the  International Journal of Drug Policy , shows law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Washington—states where marijuana is legalized—report common problems with underage marijuana use (under age 21) and driving under the influence of marijuana in their communities. “There’s a general public zeitgeist that marijuana is a pretty safe drug,” said study co-author and Associate Professor  Darin Erickson .

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