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.
Clinical Report – Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana
This 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.
Clinical Report – Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes
This clinical report provides data on the rates of marijuana use among pregnant and lactating women, discusses what is known about the effects of marijuana on fetal development and later neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes, and addresses implications for education and policy.
FREE E-Learning Modules on Marijuana in Pediatric Populations
Through 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.
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