The full text of this policy statement, including references, appears in the October issue of Pediatrics.

Because the decision of whether to use marijuana is usually made by the time a young person reaches the age of 19 years, pediatricians must continue to be cognizant of the implications of marijuana use. Widespread debate exists about marijuana and the possibility of legalizing its use or at least decriminalizing its possession. Furthermore, marijuana is being promoted for medical purposes, such as the treatment of glaucoma and the management of nausea and anorexia related to cancer chemotherapy. Although these topics are beyond the scope of this statement, evidence suggests that pediatricians should continue their vigilant efforts to prevent the use of this drug by young people.

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