Updated policy statement includes option for “compassionate use” of marijuana for children with debilitating or life-limiting diseases
In an updated policy statement and technical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its opposition to legalizing marijuana, citing the potential harms to children and adolescents.
The AAP policy statement, “The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update” and an accompanying technical report will be published in the March 2015 Pediatrics (published online Jan. 26). In the policy, the Academy reaffirms its position against the legalization of marijuana, states its opposition to “medical marijuana” outside the FDA regulatory process, and presents recommendations to protect children in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.
The Academy also recommends that marijuana be decriminalized, so that penalties for marijuana-related offenses are reduced to lesser criminal charges or civil penalties. Efforts to decriminalize marijuana should take place in conjunction with efforts to prevent marijuana use and promote early treatment of adolescents with marijuana use problems.
Read the full press release here.