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Marijuana use in pregnancy is linked to preterm birth and small for gestational age infants. (Pixabay, Canva)

Marijuana and pregnancy: There’s no evidence that exposure is safe

Legalization and social acceptability of marijuana have contributed to a false perception that it's safe to use in pregnancy. The truth is, there is no known safe level of prenatal marijuana exposure.
Inmates work in the laundry room at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility in Santee, California, on April 22, 2020. Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, missteps in transitioning the incarcerated back to their communities places this already vulnerable populace at greater risk of getting and transmitting the virus.
A back alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a high-risk COVID-19 area due to the fact the vulnerable populations converge there, is pictured in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Decriminalizing drug use as we contain the coronavirus is the humane thing to do

Drug users are already among the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in times without a pandemic. Unless we decriminalize drug use, once again they will bear the brunt of another deadly disease.

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