Health Issues of Marijuana Use

Colorado has legal dispensaries for both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Although the products are well regulated, there are a number of public health concerns surrounding the use of marijuana. 

These concerns include the use of marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the impact on growing brains and bodies of adolescents, the purity of edibles, driving while impaired, and the health effects of inhaling first- and second-hand marijuana smoke. 
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Fact Sheets and Q&As
  • Colorado.gov Q&A (State of Colorado)
  • Good To Know Campaign (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)  
  • Marijuana Facts (Denver Health) 
  • Marijuana - Health Effects (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Marijuana - Methods of Use (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
  • Q&A (Seattle and King County Public Health)

 Marijuana During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Guidance (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (University of Washington) 
  • Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting (Tri-County Health Department) | (In Spanish - En Español
  • Marijuana and Your Baby (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 

Information for Parents, Teens and Youth:
  • How Marijuana Harms Youth (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Tips for Parents (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Tips for Youth-Serving Professionals (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Youth and Marijuana (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) 
  • Marijuana - Facts for Teens (National Institute on Drug Abuse) 
  • Drug Facts - Marijuana (National Institute on Drug Abuse) 

Driving and Marijuana: 
  • Drugged Driving (CDOT) 

Colorado Regulations and Licensing: 
  • Laws and Regulations (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
  • Medical Marijuana Registry (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

These links provide public health information from credible local and national sources. Always contact your healthcare provider for specific questions and concerns about your health.