Pot and pregnancy: Senate to debate product labels

Sep 11, 2019

Some Michigan lawmakers think women need to be warned of the potential dangers of using marijuana while pregnant.

Michigan's Senate will vote on a bill warning pregnant women about smoking marijuana while pregnant.
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Bills passed out of the state House Tuesday that would require marijuana products to contain a health warning label for women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding, similar to what is currently on alcohol.

“Doctors in the medical community believe there could be some long-term developmental issues and it could cause low birthweight,” says bill sponsor, Republican Representative Thomas Albert. “So, we want to make sure we’re protecting our vulnerable here.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women stop using marijuana if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. That’s because of studies that found potential health risks to the unborn child. 

Albert says he knows this won’t impact some drug users who won’t read the labels. 

“We’re looking at moderate users of marijuana and making sure that they have the right information,” Albert says.

Republican Representative Beau LaFave voted against the bills. He says if the government put a warning label on everything that could be dangerous, everything would have a warning label.

“It gets to the point where if everything has warning labels on it, the labels themselves become less effective,” he says.

The bills would also require retailers to have informational pamphlets located by cash registers. Those pamphlets would include information about marijuana use by minors and the poison control hotline number.

The bills now move on to the state Senate for consideration.