"This ain't your mother's marijuana:" U.S. Surgeon General issues warning on pot use during pregnancy, adolescence

Study says marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug among pregnant women, with about 7% reporting they had used it within the past month.

Fred Bodimer
August 30, 2019 - 11:37 am
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(KMOX) — U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams sounds the alarm about the dangers of marijuana — especially for teens and pregnant women.

"No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe," said Adams.

A recent study found marijuana use is up among pregnant women — especially during the first trimester.  Experts say it may because more states —  now including Illinois — are legalizing marijuana for recreational use.   

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"We know that it's not safe for developing infants to be exposed to marijuana," said Dr. Jennifer Wessels, a family medicine physician and Vice President of Medical Affairs for SSM Health.  "It can have devastating effects on their brain development, their neurological development and can have major effects life-long for those babies."

According to a 2017 study, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug among pregnant women, with about 7% reporting they had used it within the past month.

Surgeon General Adams says today's marijuana is far more potent than in decades past. 

"This ain't your mother's marijuana," Adams said.  

The Surgeon General also warned adolescents about using marijuana — saying it can affect brain development, attention, memory, decision-making and motivation well into a young person's 20s.

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