Doctors Say More Kids Using Drugs Since Marijuana Legalized

WASHINGTON:  Seattle Children’s Hospital says the number of infractions for drugs in schools continues to increase. Some doctors are now worried that some Washington voters did not consider the impact the legalization of marijuana could have on kids.

Dr. Leslie Walker, chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s, says more kids are embracing a mentality that marijuana is OK for them to use since the drug became legal in Washington.

“When kids perceive something as safe, then that’s what they are going to go for because most people try to make decisions about their body based on what’s safe. So, if they perceive that marijuana is safe and they want to get high, then they’re going to try that,” Dr. Walker said.

Lisa Davidson, Manger of Prevention and Intervention for Seattle Public Schools, says principals are seeing more marijuana use in public and more family use as well. Davidson agrees with Dr. Walker, saying that it is important parents send a message to kids that student drug use is not OK.


Kids Using Marijuana

OREGON:  More than fifty of Oregon’s registered medical marijuana patients are under the age of 14.  These children typically use one or more components, called cannabinoids, extracted from cannabis, to control cancer (and arguably send it into remission,) or to address OCD and pediatric epilepsy or to abate symptoms like chronic pain.

These results are achieved, patients and their parents say, without the dangerous side effects of conventional pharmaceuticals.

Medical studies around the world suggest that these uses are valid and beneficial and the American Medical Association has proposed reclassifying research into medical marijuana so it has a higher priority; one study at the University of California San Francisco began this spring.

However, the young Oregonians and their families say that, in addition to fighting a daily battle against combative medical conditions, they also face prejudice and derision and frequently feel pressure to keep quiet about their therapy.