U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

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In an August 2019 advisory, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams emphasizes the importance of protecting our nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. According to the advisory, recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth. This is the surgeon general’s first advisory related to marijuana since the 1980s.

The advisory includes information for parents and parents-to-be; for youth; for states, communities, tribes, and territories; and for health professionals to play a role in creating a healthy next generation.

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