Utah panel recommends no money for study to determine prevalence of maternal cannabis use

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    Ask any new born ICU nurse about the differences between "pot babies" and others. The deleterious effects of marijuana are well documented in the scientific literature and funds should be spent on education/prevention rather than determining the obvious.

  • Sharkey Layton, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    DCFS can take kids away for that, so I don't think you will get any sort of accurate picture. Waste of money.

  • deseret pete Springville, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 8:01 a.m.

    I can tell you for free that it is not good for the mother or the baby.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 10:38 p.m.

    Opioids, alcohol, many scripts & over the counter drugs are bad for a developing fetus.

    When marijuana is smoked/ingested by a pregnant woman, pot and THC cross the placenta and enter a fetus’ bloodstream, so you're essentially sharing the drug with your baby.

    American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), & American Medical Association (AMA) all say pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid marijuana altogether. AAP issued its first official guidelines on pot use, pregnancy and breastfeeding in 2018. In their new recommendations, the group reaffirms that pregnant and nursing moms should not use marijuana in any form because it isn't safe for them or their babies.

    Studies have shown that daily or weekly marijuana use may make your pregnancy more high-risk. Research has found that babies born to moms who use pot are more likely to end up in the NICU compared to other babies, be underweight at birth, be born prematurely, and/or have smaller heads at birth. It can also increase the risk of stillbirth.

    There are studies out there that show short and long-term effects.

  • Latter-daySaintForever St. George, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 7:11 p.m.

    Good job legislative committee. You made the right call on this.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 6:58 p.m.

    Does the Deseret News really need to put images of dangerous drugs on the front page of it's website?

    It's a well known fact that children and other impressionable people are drawn to bad behavior when they see it glorified in the media. (Otherwise, why would we make such a big deal of concealing the preparation of alcoholic drinks in bars and restaurants?)

    Now a moral and trusted news source is running the risk of corrupting the innocent young, and the weak-willed who need strong moral guidance.

    Won't somebody think of those poor children?