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January 20, 2015

The Implications of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado, Aurora
  • 2Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, Colorado
JAMA. 2015;313(3):241-242. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17057

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has had complex effects on the health of its citizens. Physicians have the responsibility to present a balanced perspective, identifying both the potential health benefits and risks associated with marijuana use. In this Viewpoint, we discuss the history of marijuana policy in Colorado and the expected and unexpected effects of increased marijuana availability. Other states considering marijuana policy liberalization may learn from the experiences in Colorado.

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