With Legal Weed On Its Way, More California Women Are Toking Up While Pregnant

Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday showed more women in California are consuming cannabis during the course of their pregnancies.

The study showed the number of pregnant subjects using marijuana rose from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009 through 2016, according to ABC News. The women claimed to be using marijuana to help with issues like nausea and anxiety.

Researchers used anonymous medical records from 30,000 women living in the state who filled out medical questionnaires and took part in marijuana toxicology screenings. By 2016, 22 percent of teenage mothers tested positive for marijuana, Gizmodo reports.

These stats come after California voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalizes cannabis for adults 21 and older. The measure is set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The new law also allows for users to posses up to one ounce of marijuana on their person and grow up to six plants in their home.

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