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Children's use of medical marijuana to be discussed

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Oswego Friends of Doernbecher will present a free lecture with two experts from the Children’s Hospital to explore the issue of medical marijuana use in children and teens. The free event will be held April 21 at the Oregon Wine Reserve, 600 N. State St. in Lake Oswego. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.

The use of medical marijuana for children is controversial. Evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports and small clinical studies has led epilepsy researchers to study its effects as a treatment to minimize intractable seizures.

However, there are negative long-term effects of cannabis that have been observed in adolescents, including impaired short-term memory and decreased attention span.

Carrie Phillipi, general pediatrician and medical director of the Mother Baby Unit, will discuss the effects of marijuana on teenagers and the developing brain.

Colin Roberts, Doernbecher’s epilepsy specialist, will talk about how epilepsy treatment has led to better understanding of marijuana’s properties and its applications in children.

Space is limited. Reserve tickets at dchf.tofinoauctions.com/marijuanalecture.

This talk is the fourth in a series that brings physicians from the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to share their insights with the community. The Oswego Friends website is oswegofriends.net.

— The Review

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