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Alabama mother arrested when newborn tests positive for marijuana metabolites | The NORML Stash Blog

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23 responses to “Alabama mother arrested when newborn tests positive for marijuana metabolites”

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  4. Becky

    We live in Oregon and I know that everyone is telling me that I am doing harm by smoking pot and I will be arrested for it because if found in baby I will loose him too besiodes being arrested. Is this TRUE????????

  5. kentucky to wyomjng

    i had my daughter in kentucky and i never threw up with her but i stayed so nausious i couldnt eat i got down to 102 and my ob doctor told me to smoke weed. so i did and i eat everything by the end my baby weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces she was taken two weeks early cause she had no more room to grow. and she is very healthy and smart . now i i live in wyomjng and i have fainted and been very sick so i started smoking marijuana again and its helping tremendously but after hearing this im scared i dont want to lose my kids how do i find out bout wyoming laws without asking someone i dont want people to know my business especially after hearing this

  6. sarahh

    I am 26 weeks preggo and quit smoking about a month ago. I went to the hospital cuz I got sunburned and dehydrated and they said they were testing my urine for dehydration. They came back to say I tested positive for thc and that they would do a meconium test at birth and have dcf talk to me. I live in florida and now am so stressed out i dont know what to do? anyone know the procedure if the meconium tests positive? i dont do any other drugs or drink or anything and now they may take my baby away! it doesnt make any sense to me….someone please help me

  7. Phyllis

    Maybe so Russ, but high is high. Kimberleigh never tried to straighten up to even try and get her child back as you can see. The reason DHR was so concerned in the first place was because she didn’t seek care and had her baby in someone else’s bathtub. This child should have been taken away, pot or no pot. Since then her use of other drugs has escalated, hence all of the crimes to make money to buy more drugs.

  8. phyllis

    You know you can take up for this girl all you want but she just went on a crime spree in the Huntsville/Athens Alabama area. Stealing checks, cars, puppies and anything she could get off craigslist with the stolen checks. The puppies she stole from an 8 year old boy. How do I know this? The eight year old is my son. I hope she rots in the jail that she’s in and never sees her child again. The child deserves better. So you see, theres more to the storey than you know.

  9. samantha

    i’m expecting. only 9 weeks along. i have stopped smoking completely and have been scouring the net for something on Alabama laws. i know my mother in law took on a foster child because the child’s mother was smoking and tested positive for the substance in her system. i also know that the mother has 3 other kids in foster care for neglect and various other things.

    i’m terrified to smoke, but i know from my first pregnancy that it would ease my current nausea and loss of appetite. right now i’ve resorted to eating grapes all day because it seems to be the only thing i can keep on my stomach. i know that the law here is a little hard and i would like to know if anyone could point me in the direction of something that could tell me without a doubt what the law on smoking while pregnant. Otherwise i’m seriously considering having my baby in my homestate where i had my son. that way i know i can take a joint in a day and eat like a viking and actually have it stick to me. i’m sick of throwing up until there’s only stomach acid and i’m tired of the irritability and waves of nausea that never cease. The anti nausea that i’m taking either knocks me out all day or gets rid of the nausea only to have it return when i try to eat. not to mention that my Husband, so afraid of me losing this baby to something like this, will not let me smoke or even give me cash because he is afraid that i may break and go get reefer.
    i can understand meth, coke, and other harder drugs. i have seen crack babies born and meth babies in nicu. but i have yet to see one baby born from a parent with cannabis in their system have any defects like ADD, temper tantrums (yes, some site actually told me that reefer causes these >.<) and all the other fire and brimstone ailments that these people have used to scare mothers from smoking. But these are the same people that tell me it's ok to have a glass of red wine a day during the duration of my pregnancy.
    i'm at my wits end. i can't eat, i can barely stand without feeling like i'm going to puke, but they keep handing me these stupid pills like this is going to make it all better. -is pissed and is going to go eat some more stupid grapes- :-(

  10. M.

    I’m worried sick about the same thing. I live in OH. I’m due in October. I have Hyperemesis as well. I’ve tried Phenergan, Zofran, Anzemit, Ginger Tea, Pedialyte, and a high protein diet. NOTHING helps. In the past 3 months I’ve lost 26lbs. I vomit up to 17 times a day. Since smoking marijuana, I’ve actually GAINED 3lbs! Now I’m worried about what’s going to happen when I go to have bloodwork done at my OB or when I give birth! I’ve done a ton of reasearch, and I truly feel like marijuana is not detrimental at all to the baby. Babies of heavy pot smokers have even been found to score HIGHER on cognitive tests! Please help me. I’m scared to death. I have two other children. I never smoked with them. I wasn’t sick at all with my first pregnancy, I threw up a few times a day with my second, but this one is absolutely unbearable!

  11. Sabrina

    I’m a pregnant mother in Alabama. I have done a lot of research on the effects of marijuana during pregnancy, and based on my findings, I have chosen to smoke or eat marijuana throughout my pregnancy for mine and my child’s health. I felt ingesting marijuana was a much healthier alternative to pharmaceuticals in dealing with morning sickness, stress, pain, insomnia….and so on.

    Only recently did I find out that infants were being tested and torn away from their mothers for a non-toxic substance. Now, I’m afraid I may lose my child because I made a conscience decision to ingest marijuana for the betterment of my unborn baby’s health.

  12. kim

    im 7 months and liuve in atlanta ga.i do smoke because otherwise i cant eat all day and thats prbly harming my baby worse eating and then throwing it up.has anyone ever had problems or the police get involved in atlanta for smoking marijuana while pregnant?

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  14. jk

    The American Academy of Pediatrics did a study in Jamaica (because pot is socially accepted there) on women who smoked heavily during their pregnancy, and women who did not smoke at all. They monitored the pregnancies and tested the babies at various intervals after birth, and the ONLY significant differences were….

    The babies with the moms who smoked had BETTER BIRTH WEIGHT.
    The babies with the moms who smoked were LESS IRRITABLE.

    Check it out here:

    I’ve been sick my entire pregnancy. Initially I quit upon finding out I was pregnant. I started out at 115 lbs and actually lost 10 lbs in my first trimester. Continued to get sick into the beginning of my second tri, so I figured, why not… I’ll try smoking a bud… and voila! I could EAT! I have continued to smoke and have continued to gain healthy pregnancy weight. I’ve also noticed if I go without smoking for a day, I eat very little if anything, and my nausea comes back. So other than it being technically illegal, there is nothing wrong with smoking during pregnancy. I support it wholeheartedly for those mothers who choose to do it.

  15. Pam

    My daughter also has hyperemesis and smokes marijuana. They’ve tried everything and nothing else helps her. Now she is scared to death to give birth for fear they will take her baby. But she gets sooo sick. Anyone know about Florida law in this situation?

  16. Deli

    The supreme court upholds that a mother can not be tested for drugs, it is against her rights. State laws are different from state to state. In Ohio (where i am from) a woman can be tested for drugs if a case worker is notified of suspected drug use. If this were to happen, and you could afford a good lawyer who could argue the federal law. (SEE: CRYSTAL M. FERGUSON v CITY OF CHARLESTON
    [Decided March 21, 2001])

  17. sthflachk

    Do they always test for marijuana? I live in Florida and have had horrible morning sickness and been on iron pills which make it worse. Smoking is the only thing that helps. Do I have to worry they will take my baby from me?

  18. IndicaKnight

    My wife and I have three kids, the oldest is just about 11 and the youngest is 4. My wife smoked just buds during all three pregnancy’s, just about everyday. It helped her with all sorts of things. In the end none of my kids have any problems. The two that are in school do vary well and are at the top of there classes. I know they had tested my wife for drugs but nothing was ever said. At the same hospital there was a case of a woman testing positive for coke and she was arrested and the baby was taken from her. I’m am thankful that at least around here they see the difference!!

  19. J.W.

    If a doctor uses his/her profession to enforce the law, then isn’t s/he really just a cop? And how does that square with that whole doctor/patient confidentiality concept?
    Did I miss the memo where they rolled the entire medical profession into homeland security?

  20. Amy

    Drug testing was probably the reason why she didn’t want to go to the hospital in the first place. So, they tracked her down and drug tested her child. Are our rights going down the toilet? They take this girl’s baby and places him/her only God knows where…over some pot. CPS is the real enemy here. Taking a newborn child from it’s mother over pot, just so wrong. I could understand if it was harder drugs. And to think drinking while pregnant is more accepted from these bastards.

  21. Shannan

    I’m expecting my second child in July. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis which is a condition of chronic vomiting and the only way I was able to get relief was smoking a bowl. I smoked occasionally during my first pregnancy too and I had no complications with my son or my pregnancy. I see that it does no harm whatsoever.

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