Rep. Albert: Public must be warned about dangers of using marijuana while pregnant

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Plan adds warning labels to marijuana products sold in Michigan

State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the importance of warning pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies.

Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would place warning labels on recreational and medical marijuana products sold in Michigan. The labels would be similar to those already required for alcohol and tobacco products.

“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.”

Albert said preliminary research 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.

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 United States have reported using marijuana 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.