Medical Marijuana Laws and Pregnancy: Implications for Public Health Safety

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Abstract

Although there is much to learn yet about the effects of prenatal marijuana use on
pregnancy and child outcome, there is enough evidence to suggest that marijuana,
contrary to popular perception, is not a harmless drug, especially when used during
pregnancy. Consequently, the public health system has a responsibility to educate
physicians and the public about the impact of marijuana on pregnancy and to discourage
the use of medical marijuana by pregnant women or women considering pregnancy.