Scrutinizing the ethics of a marijuana study

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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pregnant woman handCampus Reform, the education watchdog, is reporting that a university is paying pregnant women who use marijuana to study the effects the drug can have on their child before and after birth.

The University of Washington recruits pregnant women, half who use pot to suppress morning sickness, while the other half takes medications.

Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical and Dental Association says such research is important as the drug continues to become legalized in an increasing number of states.

"We definitely need more research because so much of the media and even the legislative circles are acting like marijuana has no negative effects,” Stevens advises. “And there's substantial data already to show great concern about what this does to both adults and especially babies."

Stevens, David (CMDA)If mothers in the research adamantly refuse to stop using pot during their pregnancy despite warnings against it, he says, then using that person for this study is ethical.

"But if they are inducing women to do this,” he continues, “and they are giving them $300 to cover expenses, and saying it's OK and not trying to get the patient to stop their use of marijuana during pregnancy, then this is unethical research."

Campus Reform reports one of reason for the study was a lack of accurate prior research.


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