Parent poll on medical marijuana
issue 24 | Summer 2015
Nearly two-thirds of people agree that their state should allow medical marijuana use in adults, but only 36 percent agree that children should be allowed to use medical marijuana, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Eighty percent of respondents go even further, saying adults shouldn't be allowed to use medical marijuana in front of kids — a view most prominent among parents of children under 18 years old.
Nearly half of states now have laws permitting medical marijuana, and a few, such as Michigan, enforce stricter rules for children's use of medical marijuana. The Mott poll is the first to measure the public's views about the use of medical marijuana for children compared to adults.
"Medical marijuana is a controversial subject when we're talking about kids," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Poll on Children's Health and professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School. "Our findings suggest that not only is the public concerned about the use of medical marijuana among children, but that the majority of Americans worry that even exposure to it may be harmful to kids' health. As is typical with anything involving health, the public's standards are much higher when it comes to protecting children's health."