The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an official position paper announcing their support for decriminalizing cannabis possession, as well as rescheduling cannabis so that children with debilitating conditions can use the medicine, and so that more studies can be conducted.

“What that would look like – we hope – (is) if you’re found to be in possession of marijuana as a kid, instead of going to jail, juvenile hall or getting some sort of record, you’d be put in some sort of diversion or treatment program,” says Dr. Seth Ammerman, a clinical professor in pediatrics at Stanford University and the position paper’s lead author.

The group also supports rescheduling cannabis to a Schedule 2 drug, which means it has at least some accepted medical value.

“A Schedule 1 listing means there’s no medical use or helpful indications, but we know that’s not true because there has been limited evidence showing [marijuana] may be helpful for certain conditions in adults,” says Dr. Ammerman. “By placing this on Schedule 2, it would allow the FDA to be involved [in pediatric research] as the agency is in any study. Unless scheduling changes, this won’t happen. And there could be therapeutic benefits.”

The group’s official position paper can be found by clicking here.

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