Is It a Parent’s Right to Allow Their Children to Use Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes?


First of all, it is necessary to mention that a treatment of children always has its own specificity. The treatment of children is always a big responsibility for both parents and physicians. There is no necessity to deny the fact that both law and even morality not only respect, but also support the autonomy of parents to determine and control medical care for their children. Analyzing the case of mother and son taken from the article by O’Brien & Clark written in 2002, it is obvious that mother has made a right step in the treatment of her son, and put interests of her child to the first place. The article demonstrates that the woman not only takes care of her child, but she is also ready to help him in all possible ways. The mother understands that the use of marijuana for medical purposes is a kind of risk for her son, but her readiness to “discontinue the medication if it no longer appears to be helping him” shows the great disturbance about the son’s health and future life (O’Brien & Clark, 2002). One more detail to the support of mother’s actions can be demonstrated by the following words, according to O’Brien & Clark (2002), “the mother’s decision to use medicinal marijuana was well researched, and JJ is under the supervision of physicians”.

Researching the case of marijuana use in children, it is possible to say that this question has rather complicated nature and it is hard to say that parents or physicians are wrong in their statements and decisions, but taking into account the facts that exactly parents are responsible for their children in greater degree, and they are primary responsible for health of their children, it is possible to conclude that it is a parent’s right to allow their children to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Parents have not only moral, but also legal rights to determine what kinds of treatment will be the best for the child. The above stated words are right in many situations, but with respect to normal parents, who are morally responsible for their children and able to make right and adequate decisions. In such a way, according to O’Brien & Clark (2002), “courts and legislatures have established a wide array of privileges, rights, and responsibilities for parents and physicians” for the purpose of to protect and support the best relationships between both parents and physicians, which are really fundamental to a well-organized contemporary society.

In conclusion, the problem of marijuana legalization has been discussed in the body of this paper with all necessary details. We have observed possible effects of marijuana legalization, basing on the necessity to use medical marijuana and have observed “Mother and son: The case medical marijuana / commentaries” by O’Brien & Clark to prove the fact that a parent has a right to find the best way of treatment for own child.


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