Would you give your kid marijuana if a doctor prescribed it? Many parents may be faced with this question soon, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced that he intends to accept a bill that would, among other things, allow qualified children to consume edible forms of medical marijuana. He also wants the bill to make it easier for children to qualify.
A parent would do just about anything to keep their child healthy and happy, but is prescribing marijuana going too far? Pediatrician Karl E. Kosse of Kosse Pediatrics in Missouri thinks prescribing the drug for children is an option worth mulling over. "I do not think that I have any patients that would benefit from the treatment," Kosse says. "If I did, and they wanted the treatment, then I would consider it."
Nancy, mother of three, says she would be hesitant to fill a medical marijuana prescription for her children. "It would take a serious illness and no possibilities of other curative measures before I would introduce my child to the drug. I would not want my child on any addictive drug."
Many parents worry that legalization of medical cannabis will open doors for a higher rate of drug abuse.
"I think it can be beneficial in certain cases," says Olivia of California. "Of course, as with any controlled substance, abuse is a risk."
It's about time!
But some parents are not so wary of the drug, and believe its legal medicinal use is long overdue. Monica, mother of four, says, "The marijuana used for medical purposes has very low amounts of THC. It is not addictive and I think it's ridiculous that it has yet to be legalized in most areas. I would not hesitate if my child had a need."
"I wouldn't be hesitant if it were prescribed to my child," says Kinsey of Missouri. "I think it has less serious side effects than Ritalin and some other drugs that are commonly prescribed to children."
Who to trust?
Considering the never-ending lists of side effects on most prescription labels, we must ask: Could marijuana possibly be worse? Just because something comes from the earth does not mean it's safe — the earth produces many poisons. But many man-made medicines have a poisonous effect as well. Do we trust what's created in a lab or what comes from the ground?
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