American Academy of Pediatrics Opposes Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational or Medical Use

Children’s National supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recent statement, “The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update,” regarding the impact of marijuana policies on youth, including the use of medical marijuana beyond the processes approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Further research is needed to better understand the long-term effects of marijuana use in children and teens.

The AAP also recommends:

  • Changing marijuana from a Drug Enforcement Administration Schedule 1 to a Schedule 2 to facilitate more research on pharmaceutical marijuana
  • Federal and state governments should closely observe the health impact marijuana has on children and adolescents
  • Strict enforcement of rules and regulations to limit the access, marketing, and advertising to youth in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use
  • Marijuana should be contained in childproof packaging to prevent accidental ingestion where it is sold legally, either for medicinal or recreational purposes
  • Adults are role models and should refrain from using marijuana in front of children 

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