State’s Cannabis Web Page Offers Health and Safety

September 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With just three months until the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in California, state public health officials are hoping their “Let’s Talk Cannabis” web page will encourage residents to think twice before they consume, and if they do, to understand there could be some risks.

The California Department of Public Health “engaged in extensive conversations with stakeholders in California and partners in other states with legalized cannabis to target the most vulnerable populations and apply their lessons learned,” said CDPH health director, Dr. Karen Smith.

“We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices.”

The health agency’s web page is part of a statewide campaign to educate the public about what’s legal in California and the potential health impacts of cannabis use.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, its will be legal for adults 21 and older to possess, consume and cultivate marijuana. It will also be legal to sell marijuana at retail outlets where permitted by local ordinance. Marijuana dispensaries will also continue to be permitted.

SB 94, the legislation legalizing recreational consumption, included funding for the state to conduct outreach and education to consumers.

“We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices,” said Smith.

To that end, the web page includes information pertaining to:

—The scientific basis for restricting access of cannabis and cannabis products for persons under the age of 21 years;

—The penalties for providing access to cannabis and cannabis products to persons under the age of 21 years;

—The potential harms of using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding; and

—The potential harms of overusing cannabis or cannabis products.

According to Smith, the CDPH will continue to incorporate the latest data available into public messages to increase awareness about how cannabis affects bodies, minds and health.

On the CDPH’s website, individuals can find information about legal, safe and responsible use, and health information for youth, pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents and mentors, and health care providers. There is also information about how to safely purchase and store cannabis for personal use.

For additional information, visit the Let’s Talk Cannabis web page.

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