American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Rescheduling Cannabis, Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

The American Academy pediatricsof Pediatrics (AAP) has released an official position paper announcing their support for decriminalizing cannabis possession, as well as rescheduling cannabis so that children with debilitating conditions can use the medicine, and so that more studies can be conducted.

“The AAP strongly supports the decriminalization of marijuana use and encourages pediatricians to advocate for laws that prevent harsh criminal penalties for possession or use of marijuana.”, says Dr. Seth Ammerman, a clinical professor in pediatrics at Stanford University and the position paper’s lead author. “A focus on treatment for adolescents with marijuana use problems should be encouraged, and adolescents with marijuana use problems should be referred to treatment.”

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Cannabis Can Successfully Treat Epilepsy in Children, Says New Study

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Epilepsy Behavior has found that many parents with epileptic children are turning to cannabis-basedcannabis medicines to treat their seizures, and in a large majority of instances, it’s successful in doing so.

“Severe childhood epilepsies are characterized by frequent seizures, neurodevelopmental delays, and impaired quality of life. In these treatment-resistant epilepsies, families often seek alternative treatments”, begins the study’s abstract. “This survey explored the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.”

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