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Is smoking Marijuana safe during pregnancy?

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Posted on Wed, 28 Oct 2015
Question: In the state of Illinois, will CPS get involved for smoking marajuana while pregnant?
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not by itself

Detailed Answer:
While the state law states
"Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse
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Ill. Comp. Stat. XXXXXXX Ch. 705, § 405/2-3(1)(c) (LexisNexis through 2012 Reg. Sess.)
Those who are neglected include any newborn infant whose blood, urine, or meconium contains any amount of a
controlled substance as defined in § 102(f) of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or a metabolite of a controlled
substance, with the exception of controlled substances or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the
newborn infant is the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant"
https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/drugexposed.pdf#page=5&view=Summaries%20of%20State%20Laws

BUT it is not mandatory drug testing.
IF there are health concerns, if it is not a normal pregnancy, if there are other red flags for child issues then it gets to be a potential problem.

Let us turn this around
Do they have the resources to do anything to ALL the women who are pregnant and have marijuana in their system ?
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Matt Wachsman (6 hours later)
At 37 weeks a happy healthy baby already, would they have reason to do anything
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
You've delivered ?!?

Detailed Answer:
No, they certainly wouldn't. Testing is immediately after birth or no, they didn't do it. You would know before the baby went home.
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Follow up: Dr. Matt Wachsman (10 minutes later)
No i am still pregnant. In the beginning of my pregnancy i spoke to my doctor about my use. After the morning sickness was over at 4 months, i stopped smoking marajuana. I recently had a small slip and my body immediately rejected it however its still in my system. I have three more weeks to go but am still worried that if it shows up they may get cps involved, when. I did talk to my doctor he only said it wasnt recommended that is it. Im scared of any surprises though agter birth
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Don't worry

Detailed Answer:
3weeks is a long time
marijuana gets out of the system by about 1week

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is smoking Marijuana safe during pregnancy?

Brief Answer: Not by itself Detailed Answer: While the state law states "Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse http://www.childwelfare.gov 13 This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/drugexposed.cfm Illinois Ill. Comp. Stat. XXXXXXX Ch. 705, § 405/2-3(1)(c) (LexisNexis through 2012 Reg. Sess.) Those who are neglected include any newborn infant whose blood, urine, or meconium contains any amount of a controlled substance as defined in § 102(f) of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or a metabolite of a controlled substance, with the exception of controlled substances or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the newborn infant is the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant" https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/drugexposed.pdf#page=5&view=Summaries%20of%20State%20Laws BUT it is not mandatory drug testing. IF there are health concerns, if it is not a normal pregnancy, if there are other red flags for child issues then it gets to be a potential problem. Let us turn this around Do they have the resources to do anything to ALL the women who are pregnant and have marijuana in their system ?