More pregnant women in the U.S. are using cannabis during their pregnancy says an annual drug use survey by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since cannabis isn’t treated like cigarettes and alcohol yet, there are no laws forbidding doctors from recommending marijuana to pregnant women. More women are using marijuana, possibly to address symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness.
In 2002, the percent of pregnant American women using marijuana was 2.4. In 2014, nearly 4 percent of expectant mothers claimed they used marijuana. While the numbers aren’t drastic, the increasing trend is causing concern for medical professionals.
Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wants to end the trend. She urges doctors and other health care providers to avoid recommending marijuana to pregnant women. Volkow believes the number of congenital disabilities associated with pregnant marijuana use will increase