Clinical Report - Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana
clinical report offers guidance to the practicing pediatrician based on
existing evidence and expert opinion/consensus of the AAP regarding
anticipatory guidance and counseling to teenagers and their parents
about marijuana and its use.
Policy Statement – The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update
This policy statement
is an update of the AAP policy statement “Legalization of Marijuana:
Potential Impact on Youth,” published in 2004. Pediatricians have
special expertise in the care of children and adolescents and may be
called on to advise legislators about the potential impact of changes in
the legal status of marijuana on adolescents. Parents also may look to
pediatricians for advice as they consider whether to support state-level
initiatives that propose to legalize the use of marijuana for medical
and nonmedical purposes or to decriminalize the possession of small
amounts of marijuana. This policy statement provides the position of
the AAP on the issue of marijuana legalization.
Technical Report – The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update
This technical report
updates the 2004 AAP technical report on the legalization of marijuana.
The report reviews what is currently known about the relationships of
marijuana use with health and the developing brain and the legal status
of marijuana and adolescents’ use of marijuana to better understand how
change in legal status might influence the degree of marijuana use by
adolescents in the future.
FREE E-Learning Modules on Marijuana in Pediatric Populations
the AAP's partnership with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty
Unit (PEHSU) program, 3 e-learning modules have been developed.
They are available for CME and can be accessed
through the PEHSU NationalClassroom. The
goal of the courses is to enhance the knowledge of physicians and other
health care providers about the health impacts of marijuana exposure on
pediatric populations. By enhancing their knowledge, physicians and
other health care providers can better assess pediatric patients who may
suffer symptoms caused by marijuana exposure, provide informed guidance
to their patients’ caregivers, and advocate for stronger legislation to
support exposure prevention.
Webinar Recording – The Buzz on Pot: AAP’s Position and One State’s Experience
Webinar, sponsored by the AAP Richmond Center and co-sponsored by the
AAP Committee on Substance Abuse and the AAP Section on Tobacco Control,
discussed the health effects of marijuana throughout the lifespan, as
well as highlighted points from the AAP Policy Statement and Technical
Report. Also featured in this webinar were lessons learned in practice
from Colorado, and the intersection of marijuana and tobacco use.
Originally held March 4, 2015.
AAP News Article
Policy statement and technical report co-author Seth Ammerman, MD, FAAP, summarizes the
AAP recommendations and highlights key points from the technical report.
Speaking Points (Member Login Required)
The speaking points
in this document are based off the policy statement and are meant to
assist pediatricians in speaking about the topic of marijuana.
Resources from the Division of State Government Affairs
Information for Parents