Pot In Your Pantry? Marijuana Use In Toddlers And Teens

October 20, 2014 10:25 PM

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Pot In Your Pantry? Marijuana Use In Toddlers And Teens

The second recreational pot store opened in Washington State recently while store number three is set to open later this month. Pace will quicken with several more stores expected to open by year-end. This puts Washington parents and pediatricians in a unique situation (shared only with Colorado) as we're tasked to explain to teens the dangers of legalized drugs used by adults. The complexity extends even to those of us with young children. Growing concern (and evidence) finds accidental ingestion of pot among children, often in the form of edibles, is also accelerating. In social channels I've heard some argue that marijuana legalization is to be thought of like alcohol but the packaging and delivery of the drug really are far different.

Marijuana Use By Teens Is Still Illegal Yet Common Nearly half of all teens have tried pot by the time they finish high school while almost 1/4 of all high school students report having used marijuana in the past month. It could have wider implications than we previously thought. Consider effects li...

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