State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to warn pregnant and breastfeeding women about the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies has been signed into law.
The new law requires warning labels to be placed on recreational and medical marijuana products sold in Michigan. The labels will read: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by women planning to become pregnant, may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight, or developmental problems for the child.”
Albert, of Lowell, spearheaded the plan because he wanted to make sure marijuana users had access to accurate information if they are pregnant or looking to become pregnant.
“As marijuana has become more readily available, the industry has successfully changed people’s perceptions of the drug. Many people believe it’s perfectly safe – and that’s just not true,” Albert said. “These labels will better inform parents of risks they may not have previously considered and serve as an added safety measure to protect vulnerable children.”
Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise against marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Preliminary research indicates marijuana can reach babies in the womb and may result in low birth weight and harm brain development.
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. Some studies even found marijuana dispensaries recommending marijuana to pregnant women for morning sickness.
Albert’s plan also requires marijuana retailers to make a pamphlet available to customers that includes information about marijuana use by minors and the poison control hotline number.
“Marijuana now comes in many forms that are attractive to children,” Albert said. “This information is critical to have on hand if a child accidentally eats candy or brownies that contain marijuana.”
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