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More pregnant women smoking pot

More pregnant women smoking pot

Among women 18-24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8 percent to 19 percent.

Media reports noted that the time span of the study coincides with increased marijuana legalization in California, and the US, and may be indicative of a continuing trend, as recreational legalization in California is scheduled to take effect on January 1.

According to the CDC, doctors caution that marijuana's effects on a fetus are not clear but it could include low birth weight and developmental problems.

Marijuana use among US pregnant women increased from 4.2 percent in 2009 to 7.1 percent previous year.

By 2016, that number had almost doubled to seven percent.

And with younger women, it appears mother tokes best.

More than half of all Americans reported having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, and about 22 percent of those qualify as regular users.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy, and its use is increasing.

The study also reported an increase in pot usage among older pregnant women ages 25 to 34. As of January 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in the state for people over 21.

But, according to a Forbes analysis, at least three states - Vermont, Michigan and New Jersey - are likely to pass a legal weed bill in the coming year.

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