Marijuana: Health Department's Education Campaign Mainly About the Law

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The first image is introductory in nature:

As for the second, it reinforces the message that smoking marijuana in public is against the law: Likewise, image three is law-enforcement related, with an admonition not to provide pot to those under the age of 21 relegated to secondary status: In contrast, the fourth image is wholly about the "Don't Be a Lab Rat"-esque contention that marijuana damages the brains of young people. The message is made universal, even though there are hundreds of children on the state's medical marijuana registry, which allows the use of cannabis to treat various conditions. The fifth image also has a health component, in that it urges adults to store their marijuana in places that aren't accessible to children.... ...but number six brings us back to the law -- specifically regulations against transporting pot out of state. The seventh image is also legal in nature, emphasizing that people under age 21 (other than those aforementioned MMJ patients, presumably) can't possess marijuana under Colorado law. Finally, the last image on the site offers a previously available list of Colorado marijuana laws -- downloadable as an app! How much did the campaign cost? The specifics haven't been made available, but the CDPHE notes that "the Retail Marijuana Education Program was funded with a total of $5.7 million, approximately $4 million of which is to conduct the 18-month educational campaign, Spanish language campaigns, resources to educate people at point of sale and a youth-focused prevention campaign that will launch this spring. Funding comes from marijuana tax revenue appropriated to the department by the state legislature."

That's not all there is to the "Good to Know" campaign. Also included are radio spots said to have begun airing throughout the state as of yesterday, plus print and digital advertising starting in the middle of this month and TV and outdoor ads that will pop up by late February.

We leave it to you to decide if it's money well spent.

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