May 3, 2016

Top 10 Resolutions from the ALF, March 2016

  1. Medicaid Parity for the Children of Puerto Rico and all US Territories
  2. AAP Policy Statement on Personal Belief ( Non medical) exemptions for immunizations
  3. Supporting Pediatricians who discharge families who refuse to immunize
  4. AAP support of Planned Parenthood’s and other providers mission to provide critical sexual health care services to adolescents
  5. Protecting the rights of children born to unauthorized immigrants in the US
  6. Protecting the well-being of all undocumented immigrant children detained by the US officials.
  7. Mandatory child resistant packaging for all marijuana (including edibles) sold in the states which have legalized recreational or medical marijuana
  8. AAP participation and advocacy for firearm arm safety research
  9. Creation of a Center for Physician and other Health Care provider resiliency
  10. Reducing the High Cost of epinephrine auto-injectors

Marijuana Legalization & Regulations

Alaska passed a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use in November 2014. ln February 2016, the state finalized its marijuana regulations. Among the notable provisions within the regulation to protect children:

  • Marijuana dispensaries may not be opened not be within 500 feet of a school, recreational facility, or a building where religious services are held.
  •  Sales of marijuana products to minors younger than 21 are prohibited. Minors cannot enter stores where marijuana is sold.
  • Marijuana must be sold in opaque, child-resistant packaging, which has been designed so that a 5-year-old cannot open the package.
  • Marijuana must be sold in packages that specifies the THC content of the marijuana and includes a wqrning label about the health risks of marijuana.
  • Marijuana pacliaging and advertisements cannot depict those younger than 21 consuming marijuana or use characters to appeal to those younger than 21.
  • Marijuana advertisements may not be placed within 1000 feet of a school, child care facility, playground, recreational facility, college campus, library, or bus shelters.
  • All marijuana packaging and advertising must include the warning “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”
  • Marijuana edibles cannot contain more than 5 mg of THC and packaging cannot contain any images that appeal to children younger than 21.