Doctors Worry Parents May Underestimate Risk Of Teenage Pot Use

California and 28 other states allow medical or recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21 and doctors are anxious many parents who use the drug may think it's okay for kids, CBS2's Chris Martinez reported. Ammerman helped to pen AAP's new clinical report on marijuana use during the era of legalization, which advises pediatricians to broach the topic during office visits, screen patients for substance abuse, provide intervention and treatment referrals, and discourage parents from using the drug in their children's presence.

As marijuana use for recreational purposes is becoming legal in a growing number of US states, pediatricians are warning about dangers of kids using the controversial drug. Changes in the legal status of marijuana may lower teen perceptions of the risk and lead more to start smoking pot, the organization said in a statement.

"Parents really need to model behaviors of drug use".

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The study states a growing number of teens see marijuana as acceptable and safe.

In the United States, legalization and the growing industry for medical and recreational marijuana have paved the way for dramatically more potent pot than the contraband stuff that older generations recall from their youth. It's now more concentrated, increasing the risk, the academy says, of overdose and addiction. "To not use substances in front of their children", Dr. Patrick said. Numerous published studies have shown the potential negative consequences of short- and long-term use of recreational marijuana in adolescents.8 These consequences include impaired short-term memory and decreased concentration, attention span, and problem-solving skills, all of which interfere with learning. These effects may contribute to unintentional deaths and injuries among adolescents, especially those who drive after using marijuana.

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