AURORA, Colo. — In a nondescript house in Aurora, Michael Kosnett and Ashley Brooks-Russell are leading a team of researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz toward a definitive goal.
“We’re trying to understand [driving] impairment associated with cannabis,” explained Brooks-Russell.
When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 with the passage of Amendment 64, there were concerns. Issues ranged from which products have a greater risk associated with use, to how long marijuana remains in breast milk, to driving.
In 2016, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued $2.35 million to research how marijuana affects public health and safety. Kosnett and Brooks-Russell’s team got a $843,500-piece of that state pie to specifically look into how cannabis use affects drivers, a study they began this year.
“Basically we don’t know how much someone can smoke or use before they’re impaired,” said Brooks-Russell. “We don’t know how long they have