Doctors call for limits on prescribing marijuana to minors

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The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians is calling for a change in the state’s medical marijuana law aimed at providing more protections for minors. The law currently allows patients under the age of 18 access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s authorization for certain conditions. But Maine psychiatrists believe that kind of access poses longtime risks for some kids to develop psychosis and addiction.

“Better late than never.” That’s how Dr. Jim Maier of Scarborough describes the timing of his group’s position nearly three months after voters expanded the state’s ten-year-old medical marijuana law. Maier is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children who are vulnerable to psychotic illness.

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