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Marijuana isn’t harmless for moms and their kids

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The growing and powerful marijuana industry wants the public to believe that the drug they promote is harmless, or even beneficial for many medical conditions. But a major study of nearly 300,000 pregnant women in JAMA – the Journal of the American Medical Association – shows that getting high is dangerous for expectant mothers.

An appalling 19 percent of pregnant California women between 18 and 24 used pot regularly during the first months of pregnancy; among mothers under 18, a full 22 percent indulged.

Despite the belief that weed might help combat morning sickness discomfort, the CDC — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention — shows major perils for the unborn baby, including increased risk of low birth weight and serious developmental problems. Most women know they should avoid alcohol while bearing and then nursing a baby, but medical research shows they haven’t gotten the same important message about marijuana — which, despite its trendy popularity, threatens serious impact on both adults and their offspring.

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