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New Warning on Kids and Pot

Teenager smoking hand rolled pot cigarette

In light of the relaxing medical and recreational marijuana laws affecting states across the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning parents to keep their kids away from pot.

Putting it in the same category as underaged drinking and cigarette smoking, AAP says that marijuana can harm a child’s developing brain, damage young lungs, cause learning and memory problems, lead to difficulty in school and result in disciplinary problems. It is estimated that one in 10 teens who uses marijuana will become addicted.

“We can’t predict who that 10 percent will be," pediatrician Dr. Seth D. Ammerman, a member of the AAP Committee on Substance Abuse, said about which teens will become heavy pot users. "I don’t think any parent would want their kid to become an addict."

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Furthermore, AAP cautions that there is no scientific evidence that marijuana has any medical benefits for children.

"Medical marijuana is not standardized in any way," Ammerman said, noting that it also has the potential for adverse side effects, just like with any medication.

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