DENVER -- Okay... no one ever plans to go on vacation and end up in the emergency room. So why in the world are so many tourists in Colorado getting high and ending up in the hospital?!
Well, just ask a bunch of doctors in Denver. They've published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming the rate of ER visits possibly related to marijuana is higher for out-of-state tourists than locals.
Yeah, the latest stats are pretty dope -- in a bad way. In 2014, tourists who checked into the ER for a pot-related prognosis was 163 per 10,000 visits. For Colorado residents, it's 101 for every 10,000 visits. That's more than a 60% increase.
So here's when things get worse:
Coloradans mostly complained they were experiencing stomach pain, but visitors to the Mile-High City showed up with signs of psychiatric aggressive behavior or hallucinations.
Is it safe to say Colorado tourists can't handle their weed? Or maybe they're just falling for the okie-doke when it comes to what kind of pot they purchase?
Guess that's why state health officials are thinking green and educating guests with a "Good to Know" campaign launched after marijuana was legalized.
On a high note, for all you weed heads who want to stay in Colorado, Willie Nelson's smoke shop is now hiring. Word is, he's rolling out a starting salary of $65,000.
Wonder if Willie can teach people how to handle their herbs -- even though he is from Texas!