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As pot laws relax, doctors warn pregnant women not to partake

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By California Healthline

By Sarah Varney, California Healthline

Two-year-old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red, plastic car in his grandmother’s living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa Pig stuffie.

It’s playtime for the kids of the provocatively named Facebook group “Pot smoking moms who cuss sometimes.”

Maverick’s mother, Jenna Sauter, started the group after he was born. “I was a new mom, a young mom — I was 22 — and I was just feeling really lonely in the house, taking care of him,” she said. She wanted to reach out to other mothers but didn’t want to hide her marijuana use.

“I wanted friends who I could be open with,” Sauter said. “Like, I enjoy going to the river and I like to maybe smoke a joint at the river.”

There are nearly 2,600 members now in the Facebook group. Marijuana, which became legal for recreational use in California this month, is seen by many group members as an all-natural and seemingly harmless remedy for everything from morning sickness to postpartum depression.

Delilah Smith’s mom, Andria, is 21 and a week away from her due date with her second child. She took umbrage when an emergency room physician recently suggested she take “half a Norco”— a pill akin to Vicodin, an opioid-based painkiller — for her excruciating back pain.

Smith was disdainful. “She was like, ‘We know more about Norco and blah, blah, blah and what it can do to you, but we don’t that much about marijuana,’” Smith said.

“I was like, ‘Test me!’ I was like, ‘Observe me. My kid could count to 10 before she was even 2 by herself, and I smoked pot throughout my […]    

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