Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for 2.5 years and we still do not fully understand the health impacts of marijuana exposure on our youth. Studies published like the one below continue to confirm the importance of marijuana education and most importantly:
KEEP MARIJUANA AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive
for marijuana exposure – Few states where marijuana use is legal
restrict its use around children
April 30, 2016
American Academy of Pediatrics
A new study to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure.
“Our study demonstrates that, as with secondhand tobacco smoke, children can be exposed to the chemicals in marijuana when it is smoked by someone nearby,” Dr. Wilson said. “Especially as marijuana becomes more available and acceptable, we need to learn more about how this may affect children’s health and development.” In the meantime, she said, “marijuana should never be smoked in the presence of children.”