The Public Health Framework of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

Tista Ghosh, Mike Van Dyke, Ali Maffey, Elizabeth Whitley, Laura Gillim-Ross, Larry Wolk
American Journal of Public Health 2016, 106 (1): 21-7
On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first state in the nation to sell legal recreational marijuana for adult use. As a result, Colorado has had to carefully examine potential population health and safety impacts as well as the role of public health in response to legalization. We have discussed an emerging public health framework for legalized recreational marijuana. We have outlined this framework according to the core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance. In addition, we have discussed challenges to implementing this framework that other states considering legalization may face.

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