The derivatives of marijuana should be allowed in some cases when children are suffering from certain debilitating sickness in order to ease their suffering, according to the updated 2004 policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on marijuana legalization.
The group of pediatricians on Monday declared the change in position after releasing a statement while reaffirming its opposition to the marijuana legalization.
The updated policy will now include several exceptions for “compassionate use” in kids suffering from debilitating or life-limiting health conditions.
Cannabinoids, compounds found in marijuana or pot, have emerged as a method of barring seizures for epileptic kids.
“Given that some children who may benefit from cannabinoids cannot wait for a meticulous and lengthy research process, the Academy recognizes some exceptions should be made for compassionate use in children,” according to a statement by the organization.
The organization had stopped endorsing the practice openly and called for further detailed research into its effectiveness.
“While cannabinoids may have potential as a therapy for a number of medical conditions, dispensing marijuana raises concerns regarding purity, dosing and formulation, all of which are of heightened importance in children,” said William P. Adelman, policy statement co-author, in the press release.
In a press release, study author Seth D. Ammerman said, “Just the campaigns to legalize marijuana can have the effect of persuading adolescents that marijuana is not dangerous, which can have a devastating impact on their lifelong health and development.”
The organization continued with its resolute opposition against the recreational use of marijuana, arguing that giving nod to its use for adults is more likely to cause an increased use among teenagers.