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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Medical Marijuana for Kids ?

Medical marijuana is a hot button topic in the United States. While nearly half of the country has medical marijuana programs in one form or another, peoples' views about medical marijuana for adults and medical marijuana for children differ. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health showed that nearly two-thirds of people agree that their state should allow medical marijuana for adults, Science Daily reports.

However, when it comes to children, eighty percent of respondents believe that adults should not be allowed to use medical marijuana in front of children, and very few people believe that children with qualifying conditions should be allowed access to the drug. While there have been a number of reported cases of medical marijuana greatly improving the lives of chronically ill children, many, especially parents, have a hard time wrapping their heads around giving marijuana to kids.

"We found that while most people support state laws that permit medical marijuana use among adults, the story is dramatically different for children. Medical marijuana is a controversial subject when we're talking about kids," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Poll on Children's Health and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School.

"Our findings suggest that not only is the public concerned about the use of medical marijuana among children, but that the majority of Americans worry that even exposure to it may be harmful to kids' health. As is typical with anything involving health, the public's standards are much higher when it comes to protecting children's health."

You can view the full report, here.

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