AMA to Press for Marijuana Warning - Use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential risks

The American Medical Association agreed Monday to advocate for regulations requiring warnings be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they're sold. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature birth and behavior problems in young children. Recent data puts marijuana use during pregnancy at about 5 percent nationwide, but as high as 28 percent among some urban low-income women. Critics say evidence of harm is weak, but while advocates agree that more research is needed, they say erring on the side of caution makes sense. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington, D.C. Recreational use of marijuana also is legal in Washington D.C., as well as in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.