PCMS IS OPPOSING SO-CALLED "MARIJUANA LOUNGES"
It has been well documented in the medical literature, and we are seeing, that cannabis use corresponds with multiple adverse health outcomes. Problems we are seeing related to cannabis use include increased rates of psychosis, depression, anxiety, and suicidality. Cannabis use is associated with increased abuse of other substances including alcohol, opiates, and amphetamines, making it a companion drug rather than an alternative drug. The use of cannabis also leads to uncontrollable vomiting episodes and these visits have dramatically increased in Pueblo hospitals.
As a community we worked very hard to eliminate tobacco smoke from public places, including bars, with significant documented improvement in the health of Pueblo citizens as a result of that effort. We know that the carcinogens in cannabis smoke are more than in tobacco smoke and can result in the same adverse health consequences. Why would we go backwards and approve smoking cannabis in public places? Such a move would continue to legitimize the use of this drug in the eyes of adolescents and young adults further decreasing their perception of harm from the drug. They are the most vulnerable to the harms from this drug.
Contact your local leaders, and oppose marijuana hospitality establishments and, encourage them to keep Pueblo smoke-free!
- Pueblo City Council Members
- Click here to view the letter submitted by Dr. Carl Bartecchi to City Council Members.
- Pueblo Mayor
- Pueblo County Commissioners
The Board of Health Resolution and Position Statements
City council discusses marijuana in Pueblo, MJ etablishments. Pueblo City Council met on July 18, 2022, to discuss marijuana in Pueblo. Assistant City Attorney Trevor Gloss presentation included information on statistics on the number (28) and types of marijuana licenses, taxes and fees, how much tax revenue is generated for the city, information on marijuana delivery and drive-ups, and information on marijuana hospitality businesses. PCMS joins many other health advocacy groups in opposing marijuana hospitality businesses. A representative of PDPHE in attendance gained the following from the meeting:
Council plans to look at license fees to evaluate a reduction in these fees
Most Council members are supportive of marijuana delivery but have limited interest in hospitality
These issues will again be raised during an Aug. 1, 2022 work session. This would be a great opportunity to provide public comment and/or attend to prove Pueblo has many more medical professionals who do not want these marijuana establishments then there are MJ businesses who do want them.
Smoking, Vaping, and COVID-19, by Dr. Libby Stuyt. The live stream took place here
PCMS member physicians' presentations to City Council at the work session on February 24, 2020 - Facebook 2.24.20 Work Session
Coalition for Advancing Control of Legal Substances (formerly Smoke Free Protections Group)
PCMS is continuing to work progressively with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and other essential partners to expand smoke free protections locally. The Coalition was formed to help educate policy makers and the community on HB19-1230 (marijuana hospitality rooms) and the HB19-1234 (marijuana delivery) legislations.
- Medical providers needed to submit cautionary, educational content that we can push out to the public.
- Medical providers to participate in "gold standard” videos of less than 1 minute on the medical reasons we need to keep Pueblo smoke free. PCMS will create the videos during FaceTime calls and set them up similar to a Q&A interview. The videos will be pushed out to the public over social media sites - it’s sometimes easier to watch someone speak than read it; and it’s also more eye-catching!
The progress of the Coalition so far has been presentations to City Council, Mayor, and Commissioners along with op-eds pushed out over social media sites and published in the Pueblo Chieftain.
Every Brain Matters
Every Brain Matters is a community of support and advocacy, based on science and live experience. Their logo unites and symbolizes both “freedom from marijuana and the drug culture expansion” and optimal brain and environmental health. Check out their website for more information.
Saving Our Youth from the Harms of Marijuana
“I want you to know you were right. You told me marijuana would hurt my brain. It’s ruined my mind and my life, and I’m sorry. I love you. ” — Johnny Stack to his mother, 3 days before he died by suicide.
The Retail Marijuana Education Project has distributed this fact sheet about the law.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) - alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy.
Smokefree Pueblo - Former council member Chris Nicoll is a member of SFPG and has created a Facebook page called Smokefree Pueblo. Please share and like the page. Take a look at his February commentary here stressing the importance of putting marijuana lounges to a vote.
Secondhand Marijuana Smoke — It’s No Joke - GASP of Colorado (Group to Alleviate Smoking Pollution) has launched a Facebook page to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand marijuana smoke and vape. Please share and like the page.
BreathefreeColorado was created in 2017 with a grant from the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation and consists of groups dedicated to protecting all Coloradans from breathing the harmful emissions from tobacco or marijuana smoking or vaping.
Smoke-Free Housing Updates - An on-line list of multiunit apartments and condominiums that have a policy prohibiting smoking in all units, balconies, and porches.
Truth Initiative - Take a look at the fact sheet regarding the current state of marijuana legalization and changing state laws, as well as marijuana use patterns among youth and adults and the health effects resulting from such use.
Dalgarno Institute - rediscover the proactive and protective options of best practice prevention models in the alcohol and other drug arena