The United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams on August 29, 2019 issued a public advisory that smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies, as well as adolescents.
The Surgeon General held a press conference to announce the new advisory with other U.S. health officials including the Secretary of Health and Human Services who reiterated that while some state laws have changed, the Federal law has not.
Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana in some way, either for medical or recreational use. Dr. Adams said that this rapid normalization of marijuana has caused a false sense of safety about its use.
“The scary truth is that the actual potential for harm has increased,” he said. “This ain’t your mother’s marijuana.”
According to the advisory, citing data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "
In a national survey, marijuana use in the past month among pregnant women doubled (3.4% to 7%) between 2002 and 2017."
Dr. Adams reminded us that ultimately, "no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe."