Nation's Pediatricians Warn of Rising Risks to Youths From Loosening Marijuana Laws

The report even goes so far as to argue that "it is best to not share your own histories of drug use with your children." - because after all, being honest with your kids could lead to a reduced IQ, right?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned the parents to protect their children from marijuana as it is harmful to kids and for their developing brain.

In a newly released statement, AAP said, "So if you use marijuana in front of your teens, they are more likely to use it themselves, regardless of whether you tell them not to".

The drug has been legalized (PDF) for recreational use in eight states and for medical use in 28 states.

The legalization of medical marijuana in many states and the District of Columbia and the outright legalization of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 years and older in a few states and the District of Columbia have resulted in changes in the access to and availability of this drug.

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Dr. Sheryl Ryan, a Yale University pediatrics professor and lead author of the academy report, also added that marijuana "is the drug of choice" for many of her teenage patients, with some pointing out that as their parents or grandparents smoked pot in college with no negative effects, daily use most be safe.

An influential USA doctors group has released a new report advising parents against allowing their teens to use marijuana.

With about 20 percent of high school students using marijuana, experts said it's critical for parents and pediatricians to discuss the dangers with kids. Dr. Stratyner says marijuana affects short-term memory, especially in young brains that are still developing.

With regards to the effects of medical marijuana on children and teens, solid research is still lacking. The report says other potential benefits, doses and effects are mostly unknown.

According to the report, increasing legality of marijuana across the country for medical and recreational use has created "an environment in which marijuana increasingly is seen as acceptable, safe, and therapeutic". However Ryan warned that today's marijuana is much more potent, and therefore potentially more risky.

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