Sociologists at the University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work have published a paper in the International Journal of Drug Policy entitled “The role of child protection in cannabis grow operations.” As summarized by the authors, Janet Douglas and R. Sullivan:
“The study examined the household, family and individual characteristics of 181 children found living in cannabis grow operations in two regions in British Columbia, Canada. Data was collected on-site on the physical characteristics of the homes, the health characteristics of the children, and their prescription drug history. Comparison of prescription drug use was also made with a group of children from the same geographic areas.
“RESULTS:This study found that there was no significant difference between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children, based on their prescription history and their reported health at the time.
“CONCLUSION:The findings of this study challenge contemporary child welfare approaches and have implications for both child protection social workers and the policymakers who develop frameworks for practice.”
Read the whole study here. And come back and see us sometime.