Letter: The perils of marijuana legalization

Published: 11/12/2018 12:01:06 AM

I recently saw a peer-reviewed study in Washington State that came to the conclusion that marijuana use among pregnant and parenting women increased significantly after the state legalized cannabis. With everything that I’m seeing in the news about New Hampshire debating the legalization of marijuana, I think it’s important that we take this outcome into consideration.

As an obstetrician in Plymouth, I see regularly the impacts of substance use on pregnant women and new moms, and their babies. The last thing we should be doing is legalizing a substance that is proven to be harmful and potentially hurting our most vulnerable Granite Staters: new babies.

The effects of marijuana on new infants could include low birthweight and developmental problems, and overall marijuana use is discouraged by doctors during pregnancy. Not to mention, marijuana use is harmful for mothers, particularly young moms, and can include similar detrimental effects like a lack of brain development.

New Hampshire should consider the health of parents and children when they debate marijuana legalization, and say no to legalization.



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