FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2014
Mark Salley, Communications Director
State launches new website to answer common questions about marijuana
DENVER—The State of Colorado today launched a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of adult use of retail marijuana and the health impacts related to marijuana use.
· What are the long-term 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?
“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.
The website features current, research-based information and resources from the Colorado departments of Transportation, Education, Revenue, Human Services, and 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,” Dr. 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.”
Topics on the website include underage use, long-term health impacts, secondhand marijuana smoke exposure, legal and safe use of marijuana, driving while impaired, overuse of marijuana and more.
Over the course of the year, the department will be launching education campaigns that will have a television, radio, and social media presence.
To promote the website, CBS affiliates will broadcast public service announcements in Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction today through May 25.