A few days ago, Federal health officials announced a national warning about the use of marijuana by teens and by pregnant women. With growing legalization of marijuana by the States for both recreational and medical use, many people have lost sight of the fact that despite benefits for some, marijuana also carries health risks for others. Many people believe that if something is legal it also is safe, despite warnings from the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA has been recommending that teens, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers not use marijuana.
Legalization in many states has enabled marijuana production to grow into a $10-billion industry. Further, this marijuana is not what it was in the 60s. The Surgeon General said that the drug has become stronger “with a three-fold increase in the concentration of the active ingredient THC in cultivated plants over the last 20 years. Scientific research has shown that marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of teens and to the human fetus.”