Michigan has issued medical marijuana cards for 44 children, including three who are under 10 years old.
It’s a tiny fraction of the 131,483 people who have received medical marijuana cards since Michigan’s voter-approved program started in 2009, according to a state website. The program is run by the Bureau of Health Professions in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Of the 44 minors with cards, 21 are 17 years old, 11 are 16 and five are 15. A 7-year-old and two 9-year-olds also have received the cards, the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/LrCu8g ) reported Sunday. Two others are 14 years old, and a 13-year-old and 11-year-old also hold the cards.
Medical marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Most of the 17 states that allow medical use don’t restrict it to adults, according to Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. She said Delaware and Connecticut have adults-only rules.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has no policy on medical cannabis, though it’s working on developing one, the newspaper said.
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