Wednesday, July 20, 2016

State health department launches survey on adult marijuana use

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today launched the Cannabis Users Survey on Health (CUSH). The purpose of the survey is to monitor marijuana use patterns in Colorado, as required by state statute.

The 32-question survey, for ages 21 and up, asks about how people use legalized retail marijuana, other substances they may use and demographic information. The voluntary, anonymous survey is designed to take fewer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey asks questions that aren’t on other surveys the department administers, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Those questions include the preferred method of use (smoking, edibles, etc.) and how much a person might use.

“This survey will give us essential information as Colorado continues to break new ground on legal marijuana,” said Mike VanDyke, who manages the department’s Retail Marijuana Program. “For example, if we know more about preferred methods of use, we can better target potential research about health effects of marijuana.”

The survey will be open until Oct. 31. The department will ask health partners and the cannabis industry for help promoting the survey. Public health representatives will be on hand at some concerts and other venues over the next several months to give individuals an opportunity to take the survey. It is available online at cushcolorado.com.

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