Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Nicola Hawley, PhD


Marijuana use during pregnancy has dramatically increased in recent years, driven in part by the increasing legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. However, the impact of prenatal exposure to marijuana on a developing fetus is not clear. Previous studies examining this effect have been limited by polysubstance use during pregnancy and confounding factors that make data interpretation challenging. In this study, we propose a prospective cohort study that will address the limitations of prior studies and measure the association between prenatal marijuana exposure and adverse neonatal outcomes. Strict exclusion criteria will exclude women with tobacco, alcohol or other illicit drug use while pregnant. These insights will improve currently available research and enhance evidence-based practice recommendations for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Open Access

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