The impact of marijuana policies on youth: Clinical, research, and legal update

Seth D. Ammerman, Sheryl A. Ryan, William P. Adelman, Sharon Levy, Pamela K. Gonzalez, Lorena M. Siqueira, Vincent C. Smith, Vivian B. Faden, Gregory Tau, James Baumberger, Katie Crumley, Renee Jarrett, Paula K. Braverman, Elizabeth Meller Alderman, Cora C. Breuner, David A. Levine, Arik V. Marcell, Rebecca Flynn O'Brien, Margo Lane, Benjamin ShainJulie Strickland, Lauren B. Zapata, Karen S. Smith

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This policy statement is an update of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement "Legalization of Marijuana: Potential Impact on Youth," published in 2004. Pediatricians have special expertise in the care of children and adolescents and may be called on to advise legislators about the potential impact of changes in the legal status of marijuana on adolescents. Parents also may look to pediatricians for advice as they consider whether to support state-level initiatives that propose to legalize the use of marijuana for medical and nonmedical purposes or to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. This policy statement provides the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the issue of marijuana legalization. The accompanying technical report reviews what is currently known about the relationships of marijuana use with health and the developing brain and the legal status of marijuana and adolescents' use of marijuana to better understand how change in legal status might influence the degree of marijuana use by adolescents in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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