Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Two New England Journal of Medicine discussions of Colorado reforms and public health

DownloadA helpful colleague made sure I saw that the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has two short "perspective" pieces discussing some of the important public health issues emerging in Colorado as it experiments with recreational marijuana reform.  Here are links to the pieces with their abstracts: 

Half-Baked — The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles by R.J. MacCoun & M.M. Mello:

In states where marijuana has been legalized, new edible marijuana products raise public health concerns, including a risk of consumption by children.  States have only partially addressed these risks, which are likely to be amplified as other states follow their lead.

Medical Marijuana's Public Health Lessons — Implications for Retail Marijuana in Colorado by T.S. Ghosh and Others

In 2014, Colorado began allowing sales of recreational marijuana.  With no state models or national guidance to follow, public health officials are seeking lessons from medical marijuana to prepare for public health implications of more widely available legal marijuana.

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