Marijuana and traffic safety hot topic at public health forum on pot

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Over 40 people wait in line to buy recreational marijuana at Evergreen Apothecary in Denver, Colorado on January 1, 2014.

Over 40 people wait in line to buy recreational marijuana at Evergreen Apothecary in Denver, Colorado on January 1, 2014.

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DENVER — At the symposium:  “Marijuana and Public Health:  The Evidence for Health Protection in Colorado,” the most talked-about topic is marijuana and traffic safety.

An assistant professor for the Colorado School of Public Health, which organized the event, says numbers show that higher doses of pot equal a greater risk behind the wheel.

Earlier in the week, a number of Colorado Police Chiefs asked the state legislature for more funds to better enforce driving-while-under-the-marijuana influence.

Other topics at the one-day symposium included:  ‘marijuana and heart and lung disease,’ as well as ‘marijuana and mental health.’

The goal, organizers say is, “A broader, shared understanding of potential public health problems that might emerge as a result of new approaches to marijuana legalization.”

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