The leader of a national organization of pediatricians says a new study confirms the dangers of marijuana.
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is tracking the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado and has recently released its latest report. Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, has examined the study and tells OneNewsNow it reveals the cost had on children.
"It confirms that when you have a state like Colorado that goes gradually from legalizing medical marijuana all the way up to recreational use - even though it's restricted to adults, kids get their hands on it to the point where now Colorado is 55 percent over the national average in terms of youth using marijuana," she says.
Cretella says the state is seeing an increased number of auto fatalities and accidents related to marijuana use, as well as reports of more students showing up at school stoned. This, she argues, should be a warning to other states.
"We're going to end up paying the price with children's lives,” she says. “They're going to have increased academic failures; they're not going to be contributing to society. It's going to come and bite us on the other side in terms of tax dollars when we try to clean up the mess that legalization ends up causing."
She urges policymakers to place the welfare of children first and maintain legal restrictions on marijuana.