TX Mother Sentenced for Smoking Pot While Pregnant

Not surprisingly, Texas has enacted another dumb, probably unconstitutional law--delivery of a controlled substance to a minor--via the womb. It's now a felony to smoke pot while pregnant --punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Alma Baker has become the first casualty of the law--receiving a five year deferred sentence for smoking pot in her backyard while pregnant with her twins. The presence of pot was discovered in their bloodstream when born.

The law came about through the legislature's redefinition of the term "individual."

The law defines an individual as "a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth."

NORML reports that according to a 1997 scientific review authored by John P. Morgan and Lynn Zimmer, "Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive defects related to prenatal marijuana exposure."

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