Nearly 10% of newborn babies at a Colorado hospital tested positive for THC in March.
The newborn intensive care unit at Pueblo’s St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has noticed a significant rise in mothers smoking cannabis during their pregnancies. The result: of the 11 mothers that the center “suspected of drug use”, five of their newborn children tested positive for cannabis.
Likewise, marijuana has purportedly seeped into these cannabis users’ breast milk consequentially affecting newborn babies. While research on the subject remains sparse and the doctors do not cite any empirical evidence, Dr. Simerville of the Medical Center thinks believes that
his concerns reflect those of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has linked marijuana in newborn babies, a critical stage for brain development, to academic underachievement and behavioral disorders.
To combat this slight epidemic of sorts, Pueblo’s hospitals have started the first political effort of its kind. Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo are attempting to petition the city to cease the sales of recreational marijuana in Pueblo County in an effort to prevent women from smoking while pregnant.
That effort faces an uphill battle as it’s impossible for any state with legal cannabis to monitor pregnant women’s marijuana use. Moreover, there have actually been decent arguments suggesting that cannabis use during one’s pregnancy does not harm newborn babies, and might in fact aid women dealing with typical pregnancy sickness like nausea.
Without any empirical evidence, it’s simply a guessing game. Thus, until there is more research into this subject matter, no one will know the true impact of cannabis use during pregnancy.