Alabama wants a negative pregnancy test to get medical cannabis

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A Alabama introduced bill last week requires women ages 13 to 50 to provide a negative pregnancy test within the last 48 hours before being allowed to purchase medicinal cannabis. The bill also aims to ban a “breastfeeding woman” from purchasing cannabis unless she is a caregiver. Of course, a man who has become pregnant or is living with a pregnant person does not have to present any papers.

You would be forgiven for assuming that this legislation was enacted by a man with no medical degree (especially with gender essentialism, not to mention AFAB people) or an understanding of reproductive health care. Unfortunately, that’s not the case: The bill’s sponsor is Senator Larry Stutts, a practicing gynecologist and Republican.

Stutts has previously expressed his opposition to medical marijuana and sees this legislation as a way to curb its effects. “I’m still not for the marijuana law, but it’s in place. I think it can be improved, and one of the ways it can be improved is by limiting pregnant people and limiting their availability for it,” Stutts said Radio program from Alabama At the beginning of March.

This bill stinks of patronizing and false concern for pregnant people and their health; It’s just another way of monitoring pregnancy. research did not support the claim that marijuana poses a greater risk than other prenatal exposures. And in a state like Alabama, this law would expose pregnant people to child molestation charges. In Arizona, a mother was put on the state abuse registry after the birth of her son in May 2019 after legally using marijuana to treat severe prenatal nausea. A court of appeal just overturned this statement last week.

“I’m so happy. A load is off my shoulders and I feel free,” Lindsay Ridgell said Phoenix New Times last week. “It means a lot to me and my family. I can finally get back into community work and hopefully earn a higher wage than I have in the last few years.” Ridgell was a former child safety officer and could have stayed at that registry for a quarter of a century. “Not only do I find more fulfillment in my work, but I also miss helping people, especially children.”

So I remain extremely skeptical about even the most charitable interpretation of Stutts’ motives. These kinds of laws only infantilize pregnant people and keep them in the hands of cops, prosecutors, and the state.

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Andrew Schnitker

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