CDPHE Discusses Pilot Pot Surveillance Programs, Febreze During Marijuana Workshop

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The paranoid stoner who seems overly concerned that the government is keeping tabs on his or her movements and behavior is a classic marijuana-user stereotype. But when government organizations like the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discuss pilot population health surveillance programs that are currently in operation, it's not hard to see why pot-smokers might be a little paranoid -- perhaps justifiably.

See also: Pot Edibles Lawsuit Filed as More People Say They Were Sickened at Denver County Fair

In an all-day meeting on Thursday, August 14 -- which was not considered an "open" meeting, so members of the media and marijuana activists were not invited, although Westword was able to attend electronically after we referenced open-meeting rules -- Tista Ghosh and Mike Van Dyke of CDPHE and Jill Bonczynski of Tri-County Health Department discussed various surveillance initiatives, including one pilot surveillance program that would track marijuana use among pregnant women.

According to Ghosh, certain hospitals approached CDPHE with concerns about increases in marijuana use among pregnant women. It is not clear whether the reported increase of marijuana use among pregnant women is the result of increased honesty from patients who are reporting on their substance use, or whether the bump reflects a true increase in marijuana use.

This particular pilot surveillance project involves asking standard questions about prenatal care in specific hospitals (the names of participating hospitals were not disclosed), and matching the responses to the questions with the state birth defects registry to determine what effects marijuana use has on birth defects.

Another pilot surveillance program is taking place at a hospital in a resort town and is examining ski and snowboard injuries connected with marijuana use.

And WIC is also conducting a pilot surveillance study regarding marijuana use that began on August 4: Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women who use WIC services are asked to fill out a survey that asks about illegal drug use. According to Boncynzski, WIC can't survey every woman due to consent laws; participants must be eighteen or older and able to take and read the survey on their own. "We are presenting it as an anonymous survey," she explained. The two WIC locations currently participating in the surveillance pilot are the Arapahoe County WIC clinic at 15559 East Iliff Avenue in Aurora and the Elbert County WIC clinic in Elizabeth.

Other topics of interest at the meeting included infused product safety guidelines, the safety of CDPHE investigators as they monitor the industry (the "lingering odor that accompanies investigators after their visits" was mentioned as a potential public-relations issue, and it was disclosed that Febreze is a possible solution to this particular problem),
educating the public about edible consumption, and whether the state should consider banning concentrates that use potentially dangerous extraction techniques.

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RobertChase topcommenter

SB14-283, styled the "Responsible Vendor Bill", also authorized Gov. Hack to ask the CDPHE to meddle in retail cannabis (by way of studying the epidemiology of disease the prohibitionists hope can be linked to its use) -- he did so.  Lo and behold, the prohibitionists we never fired now declare to the CDPHE's Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee that it is keeping with "best practices" that the unit price of retail cannabis be increased -- for the ostensible purpose of keeping it out of the hands of minors.  Of course, the CDPHE has no jurisdiction over retail cannabis, but it is being used by the prohibitionists to prepare to militate for increasing taxes on cannabis (or at least not decreasing them, as some have mooted) during the next legislative session.  People who use cannabis need to repudiate the suborning of our Department of Health by prohibitionists.  The Department has no business constituting such a body in the first place; if it is competent to do epidemiology, it should get about that, and stop allowing itself to be used to further the political agenda of prohibitionists.


I attended the meeting as a member of the public, and so did 4-5 other activists of note... we were forbidden from asking any questions however. We did get to eat the taxpayer (or patient?) funded luncheon (1/2 of which was left over & tossed out, ironically more fresh healthy food than a WIC mom could dream of getting for her kids in an average month!)....

The conference ended on a very cryptic note from Ms Ali... "we need to be very STRATEGIC in the coming legislative session to ensure there will be enough revenue from taxes" this was in response to concerns about funding inspite of not meeting the 2013 projected retail sales numbers...  

Given the smack troglodyte Dan Pabon was spewing yesterday about "Real" vs "Tax Dodging" medical patients (wow I dont recall him ever having a medical degree, and I dont want his smarmy ass 2nd guessing my doctor of 6 years...) Now more than ever we need to support the medical professionals who put it on the line to recommend cannabis for patients, and work harder than ever to keep the registry numbers strong. 


I love the skunk funk...raw and pure...

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

I firmly believe that FeBreeze is at the root of the 3-eyed. four-legged children.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Nice open meeting fucking govt officials. Run by the people my ass!! I'll remember that next time I hear you say " for the people, by the people" fucking liars

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Fuck febreeze!! Why the hell would you want to cover up weed cologne with that bullshit?!?

Steven J. Maltz
Steven J. Maltz

Do they test for Alcohol in the same fashion? I sure am sick of seeing double standards.


They could monitor my basement for certain "injuries" sustained by marijuana use.  I'll be sure to Fabreeze it up.

sweetcookies3333 topcommenter

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever


DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@COlady " this was in response to concerns about funding inspite of not meeting the 2013 projected retail sales numbers... "

More proof that Bullshit Betty Aldworth, Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert were in fact LYING LIARS when they LIED to the Legislature and Voters about wildly inflated Tax Revenue projections from that festering turd A64.


Why do you hide behind other people's user names?


It hasn't been legalized anywhere. How is that "almost free"?


@Hot.Sauce I'm sorry, is an anonymous asshole on the internet annoying you?  How does it feel?

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga So you have an unusually low standard for "thought."

Your posts are proof. 

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