Should Kids Be Allowed to Use Medical Marijuana?

According to a first-of-its-kind poll, the majority of Americans think kids shouldn’t be allowed to use medical marijuana, and most people have even greater objections to adults using medical marijuana in front of kids. Those are some of the findings from a new poll from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s National Poll on Children’s Health that surveyed roughly 2,000 U.S. adults.

“Although there have been many surveys done about medical marijuana, we were not aware of any that had addressed whether the public sees medical marijuana for children the same as, or different from, medical marijuana for adults,” explains Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Here are some more findings:

  • 63% of adults surveyed agreed that their state should allow adults to use medical marijuana.
  • 36% agreed that their state should allow children to use medical marijuana.
  • 80% agreed that adults should not be allowed to use medical marijuana in the presence of children.

The Pros and Cons for Children

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, and parents and medical marijuana advocates alike have touted the compounds found in pot, known as cannabinoids, for treating kids with epilepsy as well as autism, attention deficit disorder, muscular dystrophy and the pain and nausea of cancer.

Still, say opponents, the risks may outweigh the benefits; there’s little science to say for sure how safe medical marijuana is for kids. Research has, however, found that cannabinoids can damage developing brains and trigger mental health issues like schizophrenia – and the younger kids are when they try marijuana, the more likely they are to become addicted, according to Addiction.com.

The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s National Poll on Children’s Health poll comes shortly after a push from Congress for the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a controlled substance that can be dispensed legally. It’s currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug – along with heroin and LSD – “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

No matter your views on medical marijuana, the survey results make clear that protecting kids is (and should be) top of mind: “In the U.S., adults generally say that there should be more caution for children than for adults when it comes to medication use,” says Davis. “We found that this sentiment may be coming through in attitudes about state laws for medical marijuana as well.” 

What do you think: Should kids be allowed to use medical marijuana?

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One Response to Should Kids Be Allowed to Use Medical Marijuana?

  1. Nancy Almond April 23, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    I feel Marjanuia should only be used if necessary. I do believe it should be used before a chemical induced drug. The reason being, Marjuania is a herb..just like any herb each one Has different effects or is just for an added food for taste. nevertheless, all are important. If you get addicted to a chemical drug, rehabilitation can be resulting in a 30..60..90 day and sometimes a year..with ‘Re-entering a facility many many times and some kick the habit but sometimes others can’t control the addiction and neither can rehab so it could render death.
    Marijuania is a herb with contradicting surveys. Some say it is addictive. Some disagree. I still think it is better than chemical drugs. If you would get addicted, it’s less rehab time, but proper use with no other drugs you should not become addicted. You can’t be an alcoholic and take marijaunia or other harsh addictive drugs. I think through my own experience of prescription drugs and herbal drugs, that if I had my choice it would be an herb versus chemicals. Chemicals are are on the body and compound or add other diseases, cancers, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, etc. Some people only snare at Mariquania because it was an illegal social drug but a drug is a drug no matter the choice. Its not the name, it’s the effect, will it help you without side effects or a risk to others. Chemical drugs have been known to alter the mind and cause bodily harm to self and others. If taken correctly Marijaunia is a harmless drug. The wild tales you hear with marijaunia usually has other induced drugs combined. We need to re-evaluate, rethink and choose what’s best for our society. My belief is an opinion but also factual. So for the health of our friends, family, loved ones, and most of all ourselves, we need to sort out the pro’s and con’s and make the right choice for healthier and longer life.

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