Briefs: Study Concerning the Health Impact of Indoor Marijuana Cultivation
September 13, 2012
Denver- National Jewish Health’s Dr. John Martyny will announce the results a study today designed to determine the health effects from indoor marijuana grown operations.. THe study was conducted in conjunction with the Colorado Drug Investigators Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC). These organizations had a growing concern about the safety of their officers involved in entering and dismantling indoor grow operations. The Colorado Drug Investigators Association secured to finance the study, with the chiefs and sheriffs association helping to provide some additional funding.
Dr. John Martyny, a professor at National Jewish Health, was the primary researcher on this project. Dr. Martyny and his team also partnered with law enforcement in 2002 when they conducted a study regarding the health impact of clandestine methamphetamine labs. This study results in greater safety policies for officers entering and dismantling labs. CDIA Vice President Jerry Peters and CDIA Legislative Liaison Jim Gerhardt coordinated the arrangements for Dr. Martyny and his team to examine and study actual indoor marijuana grow operations. Dr. Martyny tested thirty indoor marijuana grows. His research showed that, in residential and commercial structures, it was difficult to control chemical contamination from pesticides and fertilizers. THe study also showed that plat irrigation results in increased moisture that could damage building material, results in excessive mold growth, and pose a risk of fire and electrocution. THe study showed that highly-elevated airborne levels of mols spores within these structures subjected occupants, emergency personnel and other individuals to significant potential health hazards. Potential health effects include hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Another concern was elevated carbon dioxide levels which, if generated using fossil fuel combustion, can result in the production of carbon monoxide resulting in significant health effects, or death, to exposed individuals.
Dr. Martyny’s study shows that the greatest risk is to individuals residing in the residence. However, others may be impacted as well, particularly in multi-family buildings which may allow chemicals used and mold spores to be introduced into ventilation systems, exposing other residents. Exposure to children living in these operations also may result in illness, injury or death to an innocent child. Fires may cause damage not only to the indoor grow but also surrounding houses. Lastly, Dr. Martyny cites that , since these operations may go undetected, an unsuspecting family buying the residence at a later date may be put at risk of adverse health effects due to residual mold contamination.
Based in the study and it’s findings, Dr. Martyny believes that the primary exposure present in indoor marijuana grows consist of high levels of mold spores, low-toxicity pesticides and other chemical, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards. The recommendation for initial responders, such as SWAT teams, includes fire-resistant gear, chemical-resistant gloves, boots,and a water resistant or disposable respirator. Officers with any kind of immune system deficiencies should avoid entry into an indoor marijuana grow. He recommends that investigators involved in the removal phase wear full-face air-purifying respirators as well as other protective clothing. Dr. Martyny emphasizes that his recommendations are minimum suggestions and that, when in doubt, safely equipment should be upgraded.
A copy of this report may be found on the Association’s website http://www.cdiausa.org.
Community Barbeque & Barn Dance
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You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual
Community Barbecue & Barn Dance
hosted by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs
benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs
Saturday, September 22 · 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Sidney Peak Ranch
Dust off your boots and join the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, September 22nd for the 5th Annual Community Barbecue & Barn Dance from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at Sidney Peak Ranch. This family friendly event features a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Rex’s American Grill & Bar, dancing to the sounds of local band favorite Loose Change and kid’s activities for prizes including bouncy houses, western arts & crafts, roping and relay races and a Steamboat Springs fire truck.
Take a chance at winning one of the fantastic raffles prizes, all valued at $1,000 or more. Raffle packages include: A trip for four to San Diego Sea World and Zoo including airfare; Dining at local restaurants; Fly fishing trip and gear, Ski tickets and gear; Print and radio advertising for businesses; Home and car cleaning; A catered party for six including musical entertainment among others. You may purchase as many tickets as you want for $10 each, 3 for $25 or 15 for $100 and drop tickets in your selected package bucket, along with your good luck wishes, of course!
Advanced admission tickets are available for individuals at $35 each and for families (up to five members) at a price of $70, and include dinner and one beer/wine or soda drink ticket per adult or child. You may purchase tickets at the Boys & Girls Club, Central Park Liquors and through your local Rotarians. You can also purchase tickets at the door. Last year’s event was a near sell-out, so get your tickets NOW and join us for a good time benefitting the members of the Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.
CALL 970.871.3162 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your admission tickets and your winning raffle tickets.
CNCC Automotive Technology Classes
CNCC Craig Campus this fall….Four Wheel Drive Modification Class located at the college, 2801 W 9th Street. Classes will be starting soon. For more information contact Jeffrey..Wallmann@cncc.edu or call (970)824-1132
CNCC Automotive Technology Wants your Car
It makes no difference what it looks like or if it runs. CNCC is looking for donated cars to help a great program teaching students about fixing cars. You’ll get a tax deduction and BEST of all, your wife will be really happy. Contact Jeffery..Wallmann@cncc.edu or call (970)824-1132