LAS VEGAS — The state of Nevada is preparing a public information campaign to address the use of marijuana by pregnant women and highlight the potential harm the drug can do to a fetus.
Public service TV and radio advertisements will be airing in December in response to research that shows more pregnant woman are using pot, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
A federal study last year found that marijuana use by pregnant women in the U.S. increased from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014.
In 2015, before Nevada legalized marijuana for adult use, self-reported data from women indicated that 5.5 percent used the drug during pregnancy.
Dr. John DiMuro, Nevada’s chief health officer, said more recent reports from hospitals suggest more expectant mothers are using marijuana.
In Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2014, one Pueblo hospital reported the number of babies born with the chemical effects of marijuana in their systems doubled in two years. Dr. Larry Wolk, executive…