Pe­di­a­tri­cians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s mar­i­juana

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS/LIFESTYLES -

CHICAGO - An in­flu­en­tial doc­tors group is beef­ing up warn­ings about mar­i­juana’s po­ten­tial harms for teens amid in­creas­ingly lax laws and at­ti­tudes on pot use.

Many par­ents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the de­vel­op­ing brain,” said Dr. Seth Am­mer­man.

The ad­vice comes in a new report from the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics, pub­lished Mon­day in Pe­di­atrics. The group op­poses med­i­cal and recre­ational mar­i­juana use for kids. It says em­pha­siz­ing that mes­sage is im­por­tant be­cause most states have le­gal­ized med­i­cal use for adults, and many have de­crim­i­nal­ized or le­gal­ized adults’ recre­ational use.

“Par­ents will say, ‘I use it mod­er­ately and I’m fine with it, so it’s re­ally be­nign and not a prob­lem if my kid uses it,”’ he said.

Doc­tors need to know how to re­spond to that think­ing, and par­ents and teens need to know the risks, Am­mer­man said.

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