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Local input on national pot and pregnancy study

Local perspective on national cannabis study
Posted at 7:34 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 21:34:54-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A controversial study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is trying to get answers when it comes to cannabis and pregnancy. News 5 reached out to local cannabis experts to find out what they thought about the study.

In Seattle, pregnant women that have used cannabis during their first trimester will have their babies get a brain scan at six months old, which will be compared to babies who's moms did not use cannabis. There will be three similar studies in other states as well.

One Colorado medicinal marijuana clinic said they would not allow a pregnant woman to obtain a medicinal use license, even though that decision differs based on doctors. A local dispensary also tells News 5 all products are labeled with messages warning women against using the substance while pregnant.

Those with the clinic said all of the cautionary measures are to prevent any developmental disabilities within children that may be caused by a mom using cannabis while pregnant. However, they said more research on the topic is needed. "There needs to be multitudes of testings, with multitudes of administration of THC, because smoking isn't good for anyone, especially when you're pregnant," said Chelton Berliew, a manager of the Medical Alternatives Clinic.

Berliew also said the topic gets tricky when discussing women who may have epilepsy, or a different ailment that is helped by cannabis, which is another reason he believes more research is a good thing.