The Day, 23 Feb 2015 - Child Lives in Maine With Mom Because She's Too Young to Use Drug Legally in Connecticut to Treat Her Epileptic Seizures At the family's request, Rep. Kevin Ryan, D-Montville, introduced a bill in the current session to lift the age restriction on medical marijuana. It is pending in the Public Health Committee.
The Mail on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 - BRITAIN'S brightest teenagers are among those most at risk of mental illness caused by smoking a potent form of cannabis, a leading expert has warned. Professor Sir Robin Murray said it tended to be 'clever and sociable' youngsters who were damaged by using the super-strong strain of the drug, known as skunk.
The Morning Star, 20 Feb 2015 - Despite the benefits of medical marijuana, concerns are lighting up over the detrimental effect the drug is producing in kids, as it becomes increasingly accepted. More than 200 people, including parents, youth, doctors and even 40 cadets, turned out a recent presentation focussed on the impacts that marijuana, alcohol and tobacco are having on kids.
New Haven Register, 15 Feb 2015 - When Connecticut passed its medical marijuana program in 2012, Meehan said she was "ecstatic" until she saw the 18-year-old age limitation, which left her "devastated ... crushed." Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome.
The Middletown Press, 15 Feb 2015 - Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome. The condition, which she developed at 10 months old (one day after she had been vaccinated, though the connection is unknown) jerks her body violently, over and over. The only thing that has helped has been marijuana, which she consumes in oil form.
Daily Telegraph, 09 Feb 2015 - THE number of students using or possessing drugs in NSW schools is at record levels. On average 20 students are suspended each week after being busted with illicit drugs, with some principals calling it a "crisis".
Northern Star, 09 Feb 2015 - DELAYS OF TRIAL MAY COST KIDS - DOCTOR A MAVERICK Sydney doctor who sacrificed his career to treat epileptic kids with cannabis oil has warned the NSW Government's trial of medicinal cannabis will progress too slowly to save hundreds of sick children.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Feb 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on marijuana and its effects on adolescents and children. Sadly, the main theme is, "We don't know." Among the issues the academy explores:
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 30 Jan 2015 - A recent report that looks at the health of B.C. youth shows improvements when it comes to injuries and substance abuse for students in the East Kootenay region. The report is released every five years by the McCreary Centre Society.
The Morning Star, 28 Jan 2015 - Parents may worry about cocaine or other drugs but substances closer at hand may present more harm to their children. The Vernon School District will present a public discussion on the medical aspects of teen substance abuse Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Vernon Secondary School.
The Times-Tribune, 26 Jan 2015 - Pediatricians Group OKs It Only for Sickest Children CHICAGO (AP) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should be used only for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.
Seattle Times, 26 Jan 2015 - CHICAGO (AP) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana helps sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says. Some parents insist medical marijuana has cured their kids' seizures or led to other improvements, but the American Academy of Pediatrics' new policy says rigorous research is needed to verify those claims.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Jan 2015 - (AP) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it could harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist medical marijuana has cured their kids' troublesome seizures or led to other improvements, but the American Academy of Pediatrics' new policy says rigorous research is needed to verify those claims.
Newsday, 25 Jan 2015 - Long Island students schooled on dangers of drug use as part of community search for cultural change More than 50 students from eight Long Island schools gathered at Northport High last week for what community members hope will be a cultural change in how kids think and talk about drugs.
Banner Graphic, 22 Jan 2015 - The Greencastle Community School Corporation will present the program "What Parents Should Know: Drugs and Their Children" on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Greencastle High School's Parker Auditorium. Any parent who has a child from fourth grade up is invited to attend.
Washington Post, 21 Jan 2015 - The push by parents of children with epilepsy to obtain medical marijuana in Virginia has resulted in three new bills in the General Assembly that would allow the use of a cannabis oil to battle their children's debilitating seizures. On Thursday, the parents and children plan to aggressively lobby the legislators who will consider the bills in the Virginia House and Senate, and hope to show them a powerful seven minute video of families pleading for legal access to the oil. The video also shows children in the throes of epileptic seizures and memorializes those who have died as a result of intractable epilepsy.
Washington Post, 13 Jan 2015 - Inside the camp activity room there were cheerful posters on the wall, long windows that opened to sweeping, wintry views of the Chesapeake Bay and a couple dozen boisterous tweens. There were pictures of childhood icons: Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Scooby-Doo. On day two of their weekend adventure at Camp Mariposa, the kids had composed a camp song and were eager to get to the next activity: the indoor climbing wall.