Letter to the RMPHAC regarding research on marijuana-related health effects

Cannabis_And_ColoradoIn June, Cannabis Patients Alliance and the Drug Policy Alliance submitted a letter to Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee (RMPHAC) addressing concerns regarding the limited nature of the existing research on marijuana-related health effects. We’re proud to say that this letter and our concerns will be discussed at the RMPHAC meeting this afternoon.

Our three main points:

1) Marijuana research has been historically biased in favor of finding harms associated with marijuana use.

2) Much of the cited literature reveals associations, not cause and effect relationships, between marijuana use and negative outcomes.

3) CDPHE’s grading of the strength of available evidence in the literature review may not reflect the strength of the evidence in the existing literature.

It’s time to stop focusing solely on research into the negative health affects of marijuana and include those studies contrary to previous thought as well as those showing benefit.

Monday September 21, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Carson room (limited capacity)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

You can read the full text of the letter here: Letter to RMPHAC from DPA and CPA.


Cannabis Patients Alliance has been at the forefront of every policy decision affecting medical marijuana patients in Colorado since 2012. There’s still a lot to be done. We need your support! Please, DONATE NOW or BECOME AN ALLY so we can continue this important work.



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