The Medical Marijuana Industry Group (MMIG) is a trade association representing 50 medical marijuana businesses in Colorado. Our mission is to serve as a resource for policy makers nationwide, advocate for reasonable regulation, and protect the rights of bona fide medical marijuana patients.
Statement from Michael Elliott, Executive Director of MMIG
Since Colorado regulated the sale of medical marijuana in 2010, Colorado has seen decreases in youth marijuana consumption, suicides, traffic fatalities, and crime. All of these studies point to one conclusion – Colorado’s medical marijuana framework is working.
While prescription drug overdoses recently overcame traffic fatalities as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, marijuana has never been responsible for an overdose death, making it an extremely safe alternative for qualifying patients.
As the most regulated industry in Colorado, we applaud the efforts of law enforcement to prevent illegal distribution.
MMIG’s members are responsible business owners who support rigorous enforcement of the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code, and work to ensure the industry is run with the highest standards. MMIG will continue our efforts to guarantee that qualifying Colorado patients have safe access to effective medical marijuana, while also supporting state regulatory agencies and all levels of law enforcement in preventing criminal distribution of properly regulated medications.
1. Colorado teen marijuana usage down: Colorado’s teen marijuana usage rate went down almost 3% from 2009 to 2011, according to the 2011 data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During this same period, teen marijuana usage went up nationally. Colorado’s rate fell below the national average. This is also the time period when the medical marijuana industry blossomed in Colorado, and came under very restrictive state and local regulations.
a. Colorado: Click here – Youth marijuana usage in Colorado went down 2.8% (24.8% to 22%) from 2009 to 2011.
b. National: Click here – Youth marijuana usage nationwide went up 2.3% (20.8% to 23.1%) from 2009 to 2011.
c. National v. Colorado: Click here – Youth usage in Colorado fell below the national average in 2011 (23.1% US v. 22.0% CO).
d. Finally, click here to see a new research paper which indicates that medical marijuana laws may be responsible for decreased teen marijuana usage.
2. Suicides down: Medical marijuana laws may be reducing suicide rates. Click here.
3. Traffic Fatalities Down: Medical marijuana laws may be reducing traffic fatalities because they reduce drunk driving. Click here.
4. Crime down: National and State studies indicate that medical marijuana laws may be reducing crime.
b. Colorado: Click here for a state analysis by the Denver Post.
5. Prescription Drug Statistics
a. Click here for a report highlighting that prescription drugs now kill more people than traffic accidents
b. Click here for information on the DEA’s website about prescription drug abuse.