Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Health Hazard Assessment of Marijuana

Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is the lead agency for the implementation
of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition
65). The Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) advises and assists OEHHA
in compiling the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer as
required by Health and Safety Code section 25249.8. The Committee serves as
the State’s qualified experts for determining whether a chemical has been
clearly shown through scientifically valid testing according to generally
accepted principles to cause cancer.

Marijuana smoke will be considered by the CIC at its next meeting scheduled
for Friday, May 29, 2009. The meeting will be held in the Sierra Hearing
Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento,
California. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last until all
business is conducted or until 5:00 p.m. The agenda for the meeting will be
provided in a future public notice published in advance of the meeting.

On December 21, 2007, OEHHA requested information relevant to the assessment
of the evidence of carcinogenicity of marijuana smoke a chemical to be
considered by the CIC for possible addition to the Proposition 65 list. The
60-day data call-in period ended on February 20, 2008. No information or
data were received on marijuana smoke. OEHHA has prepared the hazard
identification materials for marijuana smoke and announces the availability
of the document entitled: “Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Marijuana
Smoke.â€

Copies of the document are available from OEHHA’s web site at the following
address: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html. The document may also be
requested from OEHHA’s Proposition 65 Implementation Office by calling (916)
445-6900. This notice marks the beginning of a 60-day public comment period.
Comments and supporting documentation may be sent to the following address
via mail or courier or via e-mail to coshita@oehha.ca.gov:

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