The state launched a new website Thursday to answer common questions about the legalization of retail marijuana and the health impacts related to using the drug.
“State agencies worked together to develop this website as a reliable resource for parents, consumers, tourists and others who want the facts about marijuana’s health effects and the laws in Colorado,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
“We want people to know the laws and the long-term health impacts and to make responsible choices about marijuana use,” Wolk said. “We have requested $3.7 million this year from the General Assembly to keep the website up to date with the most current research and educational materials, and to promote this resource through a statewide outreach campaign.”
The website — colorado.gov/marijuana — includes answers to the following questions and more:
- What are the longterm health impacts of marijuana use?
- Is marijuana more harmful to adolescents than adults?
- Is it legal to consume marijuana in public places?
- Can a person be charged for driving under the influence of marijuana?
- Is it safe to eat or drink marijuana-infused products?
- How do I talk to my child about marijuana?
The website features current, research-based information and resources from the Colorado departments of Transportation, Education, Revenue, Human Services, and Public Health and Environment.
Throughout the year, the health department will be launching education campaigns for TV, radio and social media distribution.
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