Pregnant mothers from California are getting high more often, report shows

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A new study shows that more pregnant moms in California are smoking marijuana than ever before.

The study indicates in an examination of 2009 through 2016, marijuana use among moms-to-be increased from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers revealed Tuesday there was a dramatic increase from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent in the use of marijuana among pregnant women between the ages of 18 to 24.

Marijuana using pregnant mothers younger than 18-years-old increased from 9.8 percent to 19 percent, while use among pregnant women aged 25 to 34 increased from 3.4 to 5.1 percent.

“Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drugs during pregnancy, and its use is increasing,” the study says. However, on Jan. 1 consumption of recreational cannabis in the state will officially be legal for adults over the age of 21.

California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996.

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