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Nearly 280 marijuana stores in Colorado suggested cannabis for pregnancy-related nausea, a new study shows. Health officials urge the opposite.

Should women suffering from morning sickness during pregnancy use marijuana to control their nausea?

Colorado health experts, regulatory officials and even industry advocates have consistently answered no, and they’ve backed that message up with studies, public service announcements and warning labels on cannabis packaging.

But a new study by doctors at Denver Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine reports that, when asked for advice on mixing pot and pregnancy, employees at an overwhelming majority of marijuana stores in Colorado will say that it’s OK. And fewer than a third of those stores will recommend that a pregnant woman consult with a doctor about cannabis use — unless they are prompted to.

“It was surprising and concerning to us because there are data that suggest exposure to cannabis can be harmful to a developing fetus,” said Dr. Torri Metz, the study’s lead researcher.

One of those data points came out last month, when separate researchers at CU found that marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with low birth weights.

Dr. Larry Wolk, a pediatrician and executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said the new findings are concerning — especially considering how much work has gone into discouraging marijuana use during pregnancy.

But, he said, other survey data do not yet show an alarming increase in the number of women using marijuana during pregnancy. Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of women who said they used marijuana while pregnant or breast-feeding did not increase significantly, according to the latest numbers available from the Colorado Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

In 2016, about 8 percent of women surveyed used marijuana during pregnancy — similar to the percentage of women who smoked cigarettes while pregnant and slightly less than half the percentage of women who said they drank alcohol. Women who said their pregnancy was unintentional were more likely to have used marijuana — suggesting that, for at least some women, their marijuana use may have come during a time when they were unaware they were pregnant.