A Michigan legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would require labels on cannabis products to warn consumers about the risks of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee voted 11-2 in favor of the measure, which will head next to the House floor for a vote by the full body.
Under the proposed legislation, all cannabis products would be required to be packaged with a label reading: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by women planning to become pregnant, may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight, or developmental problems for the child.”
Republican Rep. Daire Rendon, one of the bill’s sponsors, said that Michigan’s regulations should help inform and protect consumers who may be new to cannabis.
“This is a brand new product that’s going out … and a lot of people automatically think ‘Wow it’s legal, it’s going to be safe,’” said Rendon. “So we felt it was very important that people understand there are health implications for using products like this.”
Citing research that shows that smoke from both cigarettes and marijuana can increase the chance of developmental problems in infants and difficulties with