With backing from Connecticut’s pediatricians, the House of Representatives voted 129-13 Wednesday night for legislation allowing physicians to prescribe cannabis to treat children for a half-dozen serious medical conditions. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Over 15 percent of Connecticut’s low income 2- to 5-year old children are obese, ranking us fifth in the nation in early childhood obesity. While it is tempting to think that chubby toddlers will grow out of their baby fat, this is all too often not the case. An overweight child aged 3 to 5 is three times more likely to become an obese adult. And overweight children who become overweight adults have more severe adult weight problems and higher morbidity and mortality than people that first become overweight as adults.
A proposal to allow minors with certain medical conditions to use marijuana for palliative purposes is back before legislators this year, this time with the backing of onetime opponents: pediatricians.
One in five children and adolescents has some mental health issue, and 70 percent of those individuals do not receive care, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.