National Organizations Release Formal Recommendations On Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

COLORADO:  The legalization of recreational marijuana in states including Colorado has led national medical organizations to release formal recommendations on the use of the drug, specifically as they may affect pregnant women and mothers.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement in June denouncing the use of marijuana by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is expected to follow suit with similar recommendations this month.

The recommendations provide support for physicians who already subscribe to the potential dangers of mothers using marijuana, including local physician Dr. Steven Ross of Sleeping Bear Pediatrics.

They could also sway the recommendations given by OB-GYNs and pediatricians who are part of the national organizations, Ross said.

‘Prince Of Pot’ Website Recommends Marijuana For Pregnant Women

CANADA:  Marc Emery‘s online magazine, Cannabis Culture, encourages marijuana use during pregnancy for relief of nausea, loss of appetite and to help get emotions under control.

“Most studies say cannabis is perfectly safe during pregnancy, but it’s controversial, of course,” said Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, a well-known marijuana activist who failed in her attempt to run for the Liberal Party.

In an online article, Dr. Kathy Galbraith, known as “Dr. Kate,” writes: “Pot can be safely used during pregnancy, and can help with several of the discomforts/problems associated therewith.

“These types of herbs are special friends to women, because they bring the feminine reproductive system into the correct balance, which definitely helps her pregnancy, and state of mind in general.

Smoking marijuana While Pregnant? Colorado Rejects Pot Shop Warning Signs Plan

COLORADO:  Colorado lawmakers struggling to make sense of incomplete scientific evidence about marijuana use by pregnant and nursing women have scrapped a bill to add warnings in pot shops about maternal marijuana use.

Lawmakers rejected a bill that would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers to fetuses caused by smoking or ingesting marijuana while pregnant.” They heard testimony from women who used marijuana to treat nausea during pregnancy, but also from doctors who called for additional warnings.

Republican Rep. Jack Tate vowed to try again to craft additional warnings after hearing of pregnant women using marijuana.

“It is very, very important for women to be informed consumers when making health care decisions,” Tate said.