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Michigan Rep. Wants Warning Labels For Pregnant Women On Pot

June 18, 2019 - 1:33 pm

LANSING (WWJ) - A Michigan lawmaker has proposed a plan that would require labels warning women of the dangers of using marijuana while pregnant

State Rep. Thomas Albert, a Republican from Kent County's Lowell, says warning labels show appear on recreational and medical marijuana products sold in Michigan that would be similar to those already required for alcohol and tobacco products.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Albert noted the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies.

[Marijuana Use Doubles In US Pregnant Women To 1 In 14]

Preliminary research, he said, indicates marijuana is able to reach babies in the womb, and may result in low birth weight and harm brain development. For this reason, both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise against marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 

“The use of cigarettes and alcohol is trending down in pregnant women, but the use of marijuana among pregnant women is trending up,” Albert said. “A warning label would better inform parents about the dangers of exposing their children to marijuana.”

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, marijuana is the most common illicit drug used during pregnancies across the country.

Recent studies suggest that roughly half of regular female marijuana users continue to use during pregnancy, and 5 percent of women in the U.S. have reported using pot while pregnant. 

“With marijuana use becoming more widely accepted, the public’s perception of danger has gone down,” Albert said. “We must do more to inform the public and protect unborn and newborn babies from exposure to harmful marijuana products.”

House Bills 4126-27 remain under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.

Under the new Michigan law passed in November, adults age 21 and up can have up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of the drug on them and up to 10 ounces (284 grams) at home. It also allows users to grow up to 12 plants in their homes. Once retail sales are in place, the state will collect taxes on marijuana sales to fund road repairs.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2008. 

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