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Comment & Response
April 8, 2019

Public Health Implications of Rising Marijuana Use in Pregnancy in an Age of Increasing Legalization

Author Affiliations
  • 1Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at New York Medical College, Valhalla
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(6):606-607. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0644

To the Editor The study by Agrawal et al1 demonstrated that despite decreasing rates of alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, use of prenatal cannabis is rising. After years of data on the effects, women are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for fetal harm with prenatal alcohol and tobacco use. However, trends in cannabis legalization may create a false perception that recreational use or self-medication for nausea during pregnancy is safe.2