Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana to some degree. 4 states and the District of Columbia have made it legal for recreational use, and the trend toward more lenient laws continues. Despite popular culture, there are health risks to be aware of. Below are some of the health findings of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) 2014: Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado, Literature Review and other sources. These findings look at vulnerable populations closely and provide strong evidence from well-designed methodology, despite a clear paucity of population level data with regards to marijuana usage in the United States and abroad.
Drs. Vasilis Vasiliou (YSPH) and Andrew Monte (CU- Denver) are preparing a new set of studies on the interactions between marijuana and alcohol usage.
Credits: Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, Dr. Andrew Monte, Hannah Kanneck, MPH ’16 (Department of Environmental Health Sciences) and Mike McLaughlin, PhD candidate (Department of Health Policy and Management). Special thanks to Michael Van Dyke and Lisa Barker of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.