Officials discuss the 1st Surgeon General’s Advisory on pot since 1982

Follow up of Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ series of announcements alongside some top public health officials regarding the dangers of marijuana, particularly for pregnant women and youth. Read the key points, full announcement and the Surgeon General’s Advisory.


At a press conference in Washington, officials discussed the first Surgeon General’s Advisory on pot since 1982.  Key points made at the event included:
  • “Some state’s laws on marijuana have changed, but the science has not and federal law has not.”
  • Marijuana is an addictive drug
  • Between 2002 and 2017, marijuana use in the last month among pregnant women doubled
  • In 2017, more than 9 million youth reported marijuana use in the prior month
  • In 2017, new users between the ages of 12 and 25 rose by almost 30%
  • There is no approved use for marijuana to treat any medical condition
  • The science indicates the higher the THC concentration, the higher the risks
  • Potency-related risks can lead to dependence and even, addiction, as well as mental health effects like anxiety, psychosis, depression and suicide
  • Youth who regularly use marijuana are more likely to show a decline in IQ and school performance and are more apt to miss classes, and drop out
  • Marijuana use during pregnancy can affect the baby’s brain and also result in lower birth weight, a marker for early death and disability