Colorado Releases Cannabis Health Report, Introduces New Guidelines for EdiblesLisa RoughFebruary 5, 2015
Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division is continuing to improve their already successful regulatory system. The Department of Public Health and Environment recently released a report, “ Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014,” which offers a transparent review of research and data collected in 2014 for the general public.
The report includes information on pregnancy and cannabis use, a topic that has been largely unexplored in terms of scientific research (for obviously controversial reasons), information on the monitoring of use or exposure to minors and children, and general health concerns and effects. Although the pregnancy data contained a lot of "mixed" and "insufficient" evidence, a bill was introduced that would require dispensaries to post warning signs about the dangers of consuming cannabis while pregnant. Colorado lawmakers rejected the bill, presumably because they want additional studies made that result in more concrete findings.
In addition to this comprehensive report, the enforcement of Colorado’s new infused cannabis edible guidelines started February 1st. These guidelines include portioning edibles into serving sizes of 10mg of THC or less, and making sure all edibles are sold in child-resistant packaging in a continued effort to minimize the risk of accidental cannabis exposure to minors and children.
Awesome work, Colorado – kudos to you for constantly working on improving your retail cannabis program and setting a good example for the rest of the world.