Colorado officials talk about testing pregnant women for pot in recent meeting



The paranoid stoner who seems overly concerned that the government is keeping tabs on his or her movements and behavior is a classic marijuana-user stereotype. But when government organizations like the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discuss pilot population health surveillance programs that are currently in operation, it’s not hard to see why pot-smokers might be a little paranoid — perhaps justifiably.

In an all-day meeting on Thursday, August 14 — which was not considered an “open” meeting, so members of the media and marijuana activists were not invited, although Westword was able to attend electronically after we referenced open-meeting rules — Tista Ghosh and Mike Van Dyke of CDPHE and Jill Bonczynski of Tri-County Health Department discussed various surveillance initiatives, including one pilot surveillance program that would track marijuana use among pregnant women.
Read more at the Denver Westword.