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The Globe And Mail: Ahead of legalization, doctors warn pregnant women of cannabis risks

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With the legalization of cannabis only a few months away, one of Canada’s top medical organizations is warning women about the risks the drug poses if used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

According to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, marijuana use can lead to preterm birth and low birth weight, as well as lower IQ and hyperactivity after a child is born.

“We want to make sure women understand just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe,” said Jocelynn Cook, chief scientific officer with the SOGC. “The science does suggest there are effects on pregnancy and on fetal development.”

 

The organization is launching a social-media campaign aimed at women of childbearing age to inform them of the potential risks of cannabis use ahead of Oct. 17, the day the drug is scheduled to become legal in Canada. A YouTube video cautions that cannabis has more…

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