The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement saying the groups oppose issue six and issue seven on the Arkansas ballots.
Issue six and Issue seven would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The groups said in the statement they oppose the issues because they believe “they pose a potential threat to the health and safety of Arkansas children.”
The groups also listed the following facts in a position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- There are currently no published studies on the efficacy of the marijuana plant as a medication in children.
- While there are preliminary studies that have shown standardized compounds in marijuana do help patients with some specific chronic conditions, these studies have not been conducted in standardized clinical trials with marijuana plants.
- Marijuana edibles, particularly those that look like baked goods or candy, present a poisoning risk to children.
- No drug should ever be administered through smoking. Smoking marijuana has a well-documented adverse effect on lung function.
- Because marijuana is not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the purity and THC content cannot be consistently verified, the risk benefit cannot be determined.
However, in the press release, the group said they recognize anecdotal evidence that cannabinoids could benefit and provide relief to some children with chronic life-limiting conditions.
“We support ongoing research on developing new pharmaceutical compounds containing cannabinoids.”