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California Launches Cannabis Education Website
Author: John McClain  05/10/2017 - 22:01:00

California has launched a cannabis education website, cannabis.ca.gov in preparation of its legal status next January. 

The site is part of the state’s educational campaign about cannabis. The “Let’s Talk Cannabis” website states that the California Department of Public Health “is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects our bodies, minds and health.” 

“We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. 

The website includes a break-down of laws, a FAQ, as well as information directed to parents, pregnant women and youth. It also offers the entire site in Spanish. The new site includes links to the Health Department’s licensing and regulation sites. 

According to a Los Angeles Times poll, last year, 43 percent of Californians used cannabis for recreational purposes. Only 11 percent of those who were polled are using it currently, which reflects national averages for those who have used in the last 30 days. Medical cannabis use used by about two to three percent of Californians according to NORML.

NORML’s California chapter president Ellen Komp told the Los Angeles Times that the website is “fairly accurate,” but added, “The risks with pregnancy are somewhat overstated, telling women they should not use cannabis for nausea or even if they are thinking of getting pregnant.”

The site also includes practical advice such as not using before driving (which is illegal and raises the risk of a car accident) and provides advice for use and storage around children. In California, cannabis is legal only for those 21 and over who don’t have a medical license to use.

Legalization has been considered a way to lighten the load for police so they can focus on harder crimes and avoid ‘wasting their time.’ Criminalizing possession of marijuana “hurts a lot of young people who want to try it and are in the wrong place at the wrong time,” California resident Carol Hall Gilmore told the LA Times last year. Only two percent of those polled by the Times said legalization would raise their chances of using recreationally.

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