PRIORITIZING HEALTH AND SAFETY IN MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

By Lindsey Greto and Meghan King, Public Health marijuana program It’s been six years since Washington State legalized retail cannabis and since then, several other states and Canada have also legalized retail cannabis. This dramatic shift in public policy has raised some complex issues and public health challenges. To help focus their work, Public Health […]

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Cannabis 101: Weeding through the facts

By Lindsey Greto and Meghan King  Retail cannabis is legal in Washington, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe and free of health or social impacts. While little is definitively known about the health effects of cannabis, there are both public health risks and health benefits, and these must be balanced. Over the next few months, […]

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New report summarizes what we know about marijuana and health

  Since the legalization of marijuana in Washington, there has been renewed interest in the scientific evidence related to marijuana and health. Now, thanks to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (a.k.a. The Academies), a new report details what is known and what isn’t. Importantly, the Academies’ report rates how strong the evidence […]

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Pesticides and Pot: What Marijuana Users Should Know

By Jeff Duchin, MD, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County The passage of I-502 in 2012 means that marijuana is now a legal crop in Washington State. Growers of most of the fruit and vegetables we eat routinely use pesticides and other chemicals to reduce or eliminate crop destruction. Because marijuana […]

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