USA: Could Weed be the New Thalidomide?

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Dear  Caring Citizen!

As a supporter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, you have long known that the marijuana industry is concerned with one thing and one thing only…
With that in mind, a recent study by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that close to 70% of marijuana dispensaries in Colorado were recommending high-potency THC products to pregnant mothers as a “treatment” for symptoms of morning sickness.
Nearly two-thirds of dispensary workers who recommended marijuana to the expectant mothers did so based on “personal opinion,” and not any level of medical expertise.
Even more disturbing, so-called “medical” dispensaries were more likely to recommend marijuana than retail dispensaries were – 83% and 60% respectively.
As you and I well know, dispensary workers are only licensed to sell to people who have medical cards, most of these dispensaries are not staffed by medical doctors.
The fact is, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana use during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight and developmental problems.
Even worse, marijuana use during pregnancy has been linked to a rare, fatal developmental disorder known as anencephaly. This tragic development prevents parts of the skull from fully forming in the womb and usually results in stillbirth.
Frankly, I am outraged.
We knew that the marijuana industry was willing to go to vast lengths in order to make a profit, but this is going too far.
SAM is working diligently to bring the ugly truths of the harms of marijuana to the forefront of the national discussion, but it is neither easy nor cheap.
That said, would you please consider chipping in a small donationtoday?
Your donation, no matter the size, will go a long way toward providing SAM with the resources necessary to break through the noise and show the marijuana industry for what it really is…the rebirth of Big Tobacco.
In Health,
Dr. Kevin Sabet
Founder and President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
P.S.  Your support in this fight for public health is greatly appreciated.

About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit


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