Last updated on: 7/29/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana use in pediatric populations remains an ongoing concern, and marijuana use by adolescents has known medical, psychological, and cognitive side effects. Marijuana alters brain development, with detrimental effects on brain structure and function, in ways that are completely understood. Furthermore, marijuana smoke contains tar and other harmful chemicals, so it cannot be recommended by physicians.”

“The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update,” pediatrics.aappublications.org, Mar. 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults…

The AAP advocates for access to health care for all children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP believes that each child should have a “medical home”-a model of health care where care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective. The AAP works with government, communities and other national organizations to shape many child health and safety issues…

The AAP is home to several long-term research programs to enhance the delivery of health care to children. The Pediatric Research in Office Settings program conducts studies using a network of 1,800 pediatricians working in office-based practices and is one of the longest-running research programs in the U.S…

The AAP was founded in 1930 by 35 pediatricians to serve as an independent forum to address children’s health needs.”

“AAP Facts,” American Academy of Pediatrics website (accessed July 29, 2016)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this, AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.”

“AAP Facts,” American Academy of Pediatrics website (accessed July 29, 2016)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation