Commonwealth Policy Center

The university watchdog newspaper Campus Reform reports that the University of Washington is conducting a study on pregnant mothers who use marijuana. The university received nearly $200,000 in grants to see how marijuana use over the course of a pregnancy affects unborn babies. Altogether, 70 women will participate in the study. Thirty-five women will be taking marijuana twice a week to combat morning sickness. The other half will take pot-free medication. What makes the study controversial is that the impact of regular marijuana use on the unborn is unknown and it could be very harmful—especially, with the higher potency of pot. There might be some efficacy to medicinal marijuana, but responsible testing doesn’t treat innocent third parties at guinea pigs.