Washington Post: Can We Prescribe Medical Marijuana To Kids?

In another positive sign of the times for cannabis law reform, please find below a new video from the Washington Post’s The Fold looking at a couple of different situations where parents faced the legal-moral dilemma of whether or not to follow a physician’s recommendation for their young child to use cannabis as a therapeutic. Dr. Ben Whalley From Reading University in United Kingdom is interviewed about his recent cannabinoid research into the use of pediatric cannabis medicine for children, for example, suffering from epilepsy. As a twenty plus year reader of the Washington Post, it is very hard for me to imagine prior editors (and publishers) who would have assigned and widely broadcast a piece that looked at the potential health benefits from cannabis (meaning that as the World War II generation, informed by their government-created ‘Reefer Madness’, that largely ran the storied newspaper until recently has had to logically yield and defer to a decidedly more cannabis-informed generation of Baby Boomers and younger).

24 thoughts

  1. Im continually dumbfounded by the blatant refusal of people in the 21st Century to look at cannabis as something beneficial for all of us. Doctors refusing to study a plant with unknown properties and government refusing access for scientist and students to study such an amazing plant. We’ve lost our sense of direction with too many laws, rules and regulations. Mostly all for the name of profit. These guys are killing our pollinating life structure and laughing us all the way into our graves by exploiting the insurance of our elders life savings to hook them and our children on prescription pills. We’ve got to unveil this atrocious act against our human brothers and sister which is taking place now in a global context. Without a safe green take over we are doomed. Poor babies. God bless them

  2. However it is unnerving that the US government
    holds a patent on cannabis.
    In the near future it will become the new wonderdrug
    Not helped by the experts but by the common person.

  3. Yet we will give our children whatever those medical scientist can come up with….. let this generation be free to choose better remedies unlike their parents. Is a good thing there are still parents with some compassion and have finally opened their minds aswell. NAMASTE and best wishes to that beautiful child in the hands of that thing called freedom.

  4. If a doctor can prescribe any medicine to a child then yes they should also prescribe Cannabis. Smoking is only one way of many to injest cannabis and is the only that is not for children. This is safer then most other and works better.

  5. We’re seeing studies come out that refute the supposed developmental impacts of marijuana. While I don’t think we should be letting kids smoke or get high, I think that under doctor supervision this is probably a good thing.

    I”m sure a lot of kids would benefit from additional research, not just those suffering from this disease.

  6. The broad therapeutic potential of the plant astounds me. Here we see CBD driving the utility. Meanwhile, I recently read about the elderly being treated with high THC strains in assisted living communities. It’s good for alleviating depression in folks whose bodies are sliding into senescence. I use it to enhance my creativity and appreciation of the arts. All in all, I think this marijuana plant is a GOOD thing.

    But, I guess you NORML fan already knew that, though.

  7. no kid should be subscribed anything unless they have a life threatening illness. they are still developing, too many parents turn to pills to subdue their kids versus parenting them.

  8. Only idiots continue to hold on to the thought that cannabis has no medical value.

    Question: Why does our country continue to fund a group that consists of idiots (i.e. The DEA)?

  9. History will regard camnabis Prohibitionists, the quasi-scientists who ensure its continued stigma and practitioners of medicine who rely on their parroted training all as murderous oppressors, motivated purely by ignorance and moral superiority. They will be placed in the same bin as Eugenicists, witch burners, Stalinists, and others who willfully used language to oppress, cause death, repress truth, and kill, whether by act or abetting, whether willful or passive.

    How much longer will society wait before we eschew those who are motivated by evil intent?

  10. We will never have peace without truth. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. You are the plant of kindness.

  11. My nephew has Chrone’s Disease but was busted by his parents smoking pot and now he’s losing weight and suffering again. He says the side effects from the prescribed drugs are so bad he’d rather die from the symptoms of Chrone’s disease than continue to take another pill.
    Meanwhile Michelle Leonhart, Director of the DEA, testifies before Congress that marijuana is not a medicine. Meanwhile, President Obama passes another drug budget that spends more on drug enforcement and “inderdiction” (whatever THAT is… I’d like to put THAT on my invoices…) than we do on treatment and prevention. Meanwhile, cops, the DEA, legislate marijuana and spend millions to disqualify marijuana as legal medicine or hemp as an industrial crop while Congress passes the buck.
    Well no more.
    Sign this white house petition;
    and let’s get to the root of the problem. Cops shouldnt write law! If Congress can’t do their job, we’ll find one that can!
    Go POT Go!

  12. Clevland,The govt sold the patent 6330507 to kannalife.They are a major contributor to NORML.

    [Editor’s note: Kannalife is not a contributor to NORML, let alone a major one and there is no public record indicating that the federal government has sold any of the patents it is seeking regarding cannabinoid research to private investors.]

  13. Breast milk contains many of the same cannabinoids as cannabis in all mammals so is it ok to give it to children?

  14. I just read your editors note and I’ll give it to you.Kannalife reached an agreement to commercialize the patent with the govt.

  15. I’ve also had epilepsy since childhood. I have experienced everything from fractured vertebrae, broken both my two front teeth, busted my head open, and so much more due to seizures. For years I had these seizures daily. I tried marijuana as suggested by one of the best neurologists in the states. That was well over fifteen years ago and I have not had one waking seizure since then. I still have them during sleep on occasion but I’m no longer bed ridden while trapped in sleep for days on end afterwords. I’m able to wake up the morning after still retaining my strength, get my kid ready for and to school as well as myself to work. I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not experienced it first hand.

  16. If doctors can prescribe kids chemo for cancer and oxy for extreme pain with God-knows-what other ingredients and side effects, why not allow kids to have cannabis for medical relief?

    However, medical is the only reason kids should have cannabis. If they want to get high, they gotta wait ’til they’re 21.

  17. Can we give children rittlin? Do children get flu shots? Do children take medication for depression? Do children get I hired and get prescribed pain killers?
    Do children in France drink wine with their dinner?
    Stop with the ignorance; obviously medical marijuana is a safer alternative to all medicines.
    Grow up over your poorely thought up strictly opinionated laws and set the people free.

  18. KYle you can’t patient a chemical but you can “Composition of matter” relates to chemical compositions and may include mixtures of ingredients as well as new chemical compounds. Here is the site for the US patient 6630507 Cabinoids : http://uspatent6630507.com/

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