Survey: Colorado dispensaries find it OK to give advice on taking pot during pregnancy

Despite packaging labels warning against cannabis use during pregnancy,  some dispensary employees lacked a basic understanding of biology.
Despite packaging labels warning against cannabis use during pregnancy,  some dispensary employees lacked a basic understanding of biology. (File image via AP)

It is always better to be safe than sorry!

In a new study, doctors at the Denver Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that the majority of employees at dispensaries in the state told female buyers it is ‘OK’ when asked about an advice on cannabis use during pregnancy.

Only a fewer than a third of those stores recommended that a pregnant woman should consult with a doctor about cannabis use.

The Denver Post reported on Wednesday that Colorado health experts, regulatory officials, and even industry advocates have consistently answered — no — when it comes to cannabis use during pregnancy.

These experts backed their message with studies, public service announcements and warning labels on cannabis packaging.

“It was surprising and concerning to us because there are data that suggest exposure to cannabis can be harmful to a developing fetus,” said Dr. Torri Metz, the study’s lead researcher.

In one of the recent studies, it found that the combined tobacco and marijuana use can adversely affect infant’s size and behavior.

Dr. Larry Wolk, a pediatrician and executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said so much work has been done to raise awareness to discourage marijuana use during pregnancy.

Despite packaging labels warning against cannabis use during pregnancy,  some dispensary employees lacked a basic understanding of biology.

“Edibles would not hurt the child,” one was quoted in the study as saying.

“They would be going through your digestion tract.”

To Wolk, this shows the real problem.

“I think people have to be careful of the kind of information they’re asking of a budtender because these are not health care people,” he said.

Meanwhile, between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of women who said they used marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding did not increase significantly, according to the latest numbers available from the Colorado Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

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