Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana
Published on Jan 26, 2015
Arresting teens who use pot won't do them any good, Dr. Seth Ammerman says. As a pediatrition, the concern is the well being of the children, and though they acknowledge that underage use of marijuana may have harmful effects on the developing brain, the research has not been done to prove one side correct over the other. Many Doctors agree that removing marijuana from the schedule 1 listing will be a major benefit in allowing marijuana to be reserched and truly understood.
The pediatricians' stance is that marijuana use among young people is a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, and it should be treated as such.
States can and should control the extent to which companies can advertise marijuana products, he says. "The biggest concern here is edibles — candies and cookies can look really appealing to kids and adolescents," he notes.