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Report shows less marijuana-related emergency room visits

By: PETER ROPER THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
February 4, 2017 Updated: February 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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File - In this April 20, 2016 file photo, customers buy products at the Harvest Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

PUEBLO — Fewer people are showing up in Colorado emergency rooms with marijuana-related problems, according to the latest review by a state committee charged with tracking the impact of legalized pot.

The study released last week says that a survey of four medical billing codes revealed there was a 27 percent drop in ER patients with marijuana-related issues between 2014 and 2015.

Even so, Pueblo County had the most pot-related ER visits among all ages during that same period, with 2,529 cases.

All those numbers were collected by the Colorado Hospital Association and are in the newest report from the state’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee.

Read the full story at The Pueblo Chieftain.
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