American Academy of Pediatrics Report: Marijuana Not Benign for Youth

(Medscape) As the legal status of marijuana evolves, pediatricians should counsel teenagers and their parents about its potential for harm, write the authors of a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Despite the impression among many teenagers and their parents that marijuana is a fairly benign drug, it has some real risks that can have a longstanding effect on an individual’s health and function, write Sheryl A. Ryan, MD, and Seth D. Ammerman, MD, and colleagues in the clinical report published online February 27 in Pediatrics.

A key area of concern is “the effect of its use on brain development,” Dr Ammerman told Medscape Medical News.

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