Pediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill Kids

COLORADO:  Marijuana use should be decriminalized and federal officials should reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug to spur vital medical research, the leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommended Monday.

In an update to its 2004 policy statement on pot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recognized marijuana may be a treatment option for kids “with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions for whom current therapies are inadequate.”

That new stance is welcome news to some 200 families with ill children who recently moved to Colorado — where marijuana is legal for adults — in searches for last-ditch cures. Those remedies include the pot strain called Charlotte’s Web, which anecdotally has been shown to control seizures in some kids.

“We don’t want to marginalize families who feel like this is the only option for their child because of crisis,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, chair of AAP’s committee on substance abuse and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She was one of the statement’s co-authors.

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