Parents: Keep medical marijuana dispensaries away from children

February 18th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

IMAGE:¬†About 3/4 of parents say dispensaries should not be near schools; 1/2 concerned about the risks of people driving while impaired near children’s areas.
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Credit: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With medical marijuana now legal in about two-thirds of U.S. states, there’s growing concern about how dispensaries may impact surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

And parents in a new national poll overwhelmingly agree on one place dispensaries should not be allowed: anywhere near children.

Seven in 10 parents think they should have a say in whether dispensaries are located near their child’s school or daycare and most say they should be banned within a certain distance of those facilities, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.

Highest on the list of concerns was the risk impaired drivers may pose to children – with nearly half of parents saying this was a significant worry. A recent study found that more than half of people taking cannabis for chronic pain report driving while high.

“Medical marijuana has become legal in the majority of states but there is wide variation in state and local policies that regulate the location and operation of dispensaries,” says poll co-director Sarah Clark, M.P.H.

“The majority of parents feel strongly that they should give

Article source: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/mm-u-pkm021219.php

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