Back in January, the Colorado Children's Caucus made it clear to members of the Colorado legislature how its members felt about the passage of Amendment 64 via a presentation to the state's general assembly entitled "How Drugs are Endangering Colorado's Children."
Now, Stacee Reed, the organization's associate ombudsman, is spreading this message beyond the state's borders via an appearance at the Iowa Drug Endangered Children conference, where she decried the measure from a slew of different angles.
Reed was part of the January presentation to the legislature, which included a study by Dr. John Martyny of National Jewish Health purporting to show severe health risks associated with mold produced in home cannabis grows; see the document below.
As we've reported, the study was first made public this past September in the context of lobbying against Amendment 64, and William Breathes, Westword's medical marijuana critic, dismissed its findings as "clown science." But as noted by Radio Iowa, Reed cited it prominently during her appearance at the conference. Speaking about the air quality in such grows, she said, "It's very hazardous to the lungs of little kids who are developing as well as adults. We also know that houses that have grows in them...even small grows, we know from that study that there is THC residue on surfaces.
"So if you think about kid's toys and those sorts of things, kids put those toys in their mouth, so they are ingesting the residue, they have it on their hands, their mouths, their eyes."
Reed also spoke negatively about marijuana in the context of child-rearing: "People who are using marijuana have more difficulty taking care of their children," she said. And while Amendment 64 advocates insisted that marijuana is actually safer than alcohol, she offered an unusual counter-argument. In her words, pot is "different from alcohol because alcohol is out of your system very quickly -- marijuana is not. Marijuana, you smoke a joint and you get high. Alcohol you take a drink and you're not drunk, or you're not necessarily drunk."
In addition, Radio Iowa paraphrases Reed as saying "the borders states around Colorado must not be too happy with them for the open policy on marijuana" -- a message that reinforces the sort of marijuana profiling of drivers with Colorado license plates in other states.
Hope she was driving a rental car. Here's the aforementioned Martyny study.
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