Nevada Campaign Aims to Deter Moms from Using Marijuana During Pregnancy

Nevada Campaign Aims to Deter Moms from Using Marijuana During Pregnancy

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In Nevada, state health officials are gearing up to launch a public information campaign to dissuade expectant mothers from using marijuana during pregnancy.

Although not typically a common public health issue, a recent federal survey showed an increase in the number of expectant mothers using marijuana during pregnancy, due in part to the increase in states with recreational marijuana laws on the books.

Currently the consensus on the potential health effects of using marijuana while pregnant are mixed, but most health experts often urge caution in order to avoid any potential risk to the fetus. However, while most health experts recommend avoid marijuana use during pregnancy, others like Rara Rivera, the creator of the “Herbal Mothers” Facebook group, encourage its use.

“People are making it seem like it’s wrong for us when it’s really not. It’s probably the healthiest way to even go through the pregnancy,” Rivera told Fox 5 Vegas. “I support the light usage of it. Nothing too like crazy.”

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state’s campaign will begin airing commercials on television and radio sometime in December.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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