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A week ago today, the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Chris Christie made some changes to the state’s marijuana laws.
The vote allows marijuana to be prescribed to children in medical form as long as two doctors sign off. Parental permission is required for edible marijuana to be made available to minors through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups. The new law also allows dispensaries to grow and sell more than three varieties of cannabis to patients.
What inspired such a change in New Jersey’s laws regarding children and medical marijuana use? The growing number of families speaking out about the positive impact it could have on children with epilepsy.
For years, children have been taught the dangers of marijuana use by teachers, parents, and lawmakers. Most express concern that marijuana kills brain cells, and will therefore stunt growth and harm IQ. Dr. Sharon Levy, pediatrician and addiction specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the Boston Globe that adolescents exposed to marijuana recreationally are often subject to mental health and thought disorders, as well as a lower long-term IQ.
However, for children suffering from epilepsy, leukemia, or other serious and painful illnesses, medical marijuana has been proven to ease pain, stop seizures, prevent nausea, and increase appetite. The magic ingredient here is CBD – cannabidiol. While THC is the main constituent of marijuana, CBD comes second at 40%. Most recreational marijuana users are looking for the high that comes with THC, but users in need of medical benefits look for a high CBD rate.
Doctors still aren’t completely sure why CBD works, although its medical benefits aren’t just psychological. But because steroids, chemotherapy, and other treatments can take such a toll on children (and adults), medical marijuana high in CBD and lower in THC seems to be an incredible and effective method.
NORML posted the following video from The Washington Post that explains more about medical marijuana use for children. Check it out! And we’ll continue to keep you posted on legalization information in the news.
Photo credit: HAILEY PHOTOGRAPH FROM SHANNON MAXIM (Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/07/13/what-every-parent-needs-know-about-medical-marijuana/grvvHf7VAsRYJaori70p1L/story.html)