Marijuana warning label bills pass Michigan House

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    Legislation requiring warning label a warning label on all marijuana products cautioning women of the possible side effects of marijuana usage was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.

    Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas

    The label would be on recreational and medical marijuana products and would read:

    “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.”

    This is similar to the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 that requires all alcoholic beverages manufactured or sold in the United States to have a label warning of dangers of impaired driving and possible health problems, as well as a warning to pregnant women of possible birth defects associated with drinking while pregnant.

    Thomas Albert

    State Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) sponsored House Bill 4126  and Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) sponsored and HB 4127. Both bills passed 105-4.

    Albert said in a press release that the bills aim to ensure that while the marijuana industry has dulled the public’s fears of marijuana legislators must make sure “our most vulnerable are protected.” 

    About half of marijuana users continue to use marijuana through pregnancy, an act that can impair neurological and visual problems, according to a 2017 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report.

    “As marijuana use becomes more widely accepted, it’s important to make sure women are notified that using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding can have long-term effects on their children,” Albert said in a press release. “A warning label is a simple and effective safety measure that will help protect Michigan’s future generations.”

    Daire Rendon

    The bills also would require any marijuana sale related to minors to have a pamphlet with information about marijuana usage by minors provided at the point of sale. The pamphlet would be required to measure 3.5 inches by 5 inches, include safety information about marijuana use by minors and list the Poison Control Hotline number 1-800-222-1222.

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Right to Life and Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health among other entities support the bills. 

    The legislation is now in the state Senate, where it was referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

    Anna Liz Nichols
    Anna Liz Nichols covers criminal justice, the environment and the Legislature. She has reported for several publications, including MLive and Michigan State University’s award-winning student paper, the State News, where she covered the many tendrils of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. She is finishing up a degree in journalism and environmental studies at Michigan State University, graduating May 2020.


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