Cannabis, although it can be used to treat pain, anxiety, stress and a multitude of other symptoms, is not a drug. It’s similar to a food, but it isn’t that either. It is something different. As a society, we lack an accurate definition of this plant which has led to much hysteria.
As much as certain people would like to assume that cannabis is bad for kids, truth is, we don’t really know because there haven’t been many well executed, unbiased studies done – the studies that have been done were biased to look for harm as part of the war on drugs.
Even with such an enormous bias, at least one study painted a very different picture of the effects of cannabis on pregnant women than anyone expected: ” The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favourable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales: autonomic stability and reflexes. The developmental scores at ages 4 and 5 years were significantly correlated to certain aspects of the home environment and to regularity of basic school (preschool) attendance.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1957518).
With no clear indication of harm – even after so many studies biased to prove harm – it seems to me that we should, at the very least, suspend assumption that cannabis is bad for children.
Cannabis isn’t scary – you know what is? Watching a child have a seizure is scary. Watching a child have a seizure because they do not have access to cannabis is infuriating and scary. Infuriating because someone, somewhere is ‘scared that its bad for kids.’ You know whats bad for kids? Illness, pain, seizures and the apathy of the fearful – that’s bad for kids.