Tim Neville, R-littleton, Said He Disagrees The Bill Will Decrease Public Safety As There Are Already Issues Due To Marijuana Use In Public.

All this bill does is grant a license Medical marijuana for them to exist. The bill was the subject of more than two and a half hours of public testimony, during which opponents brought up issues regarding the health effects from being in smoke-filled environments and the conflict between the bill and the Colorado Indoor Clean Air Act, which prohibits smoking in most indoor public spaces. R.J. Ours, Colorado government relations director for the American Cancer Society, said research on the effects of marijuana smoke on lung function suggests it is as damaging as tobacco smoke. Jason Warf, executive director of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, said the science behind those claims is dated. Warf said a study conducted in 2012 acknowledges that inflammation and injury of lungs can result from marijuana smoke, but states analyses of pulmonary function and lung disease have failed to detect clear adverse effects of marijuana use on pulmonary function. Its irresponsible for us not to take this into account and not legislate based on this science, Warf said. Public safety issues such as drugged drivers was brought up by John Jackson, member of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, who said the congregation of individuals to consume marijuana would increase the number of impaired drivers on the road. This does not make your communities safer, Jackson said. Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, said he disagrees the bill will decrease public safety as there are already issues due to marijuana use in public. Youre saying that this is going to create a safety issue, but Im looking at it and Im saying there is a safety issue right now based upon where the community is and the level of enforcement on public consumption, Neville said.

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