HEC Forum 31 (1):11-27 (2019)

In the early 2000s, several states legalized marijuana for medicinal uses. Since then, more and more states have either decriminalized or legalized marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes. Federal law has remained unchanged. The state-level decriminalization of marijuana and the concomitant de-stigmatizing and mainstreaming is likely to lead to greater use among the general population, including among nursing mothers. Marijuana is already one of the most widely used illicit substances among lactating women. There exist few studies demonstrating the effects of marijuana in breast milk on nursing babies. In the present context of a changing legal landscape, shifting cultural beliefs, and the absence of clear professional guidelines, healthcare professionals are faced with ethical questions around how best to support nursing mothers and their babies when marijuana use is a factor. This paper first presents an overview of the law, science, and professional guidelines as they relate to marijuana and breastfeeding. Then, I offer an assessment of the relevant ethical issues providers and their patients may need to navigate.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10730-018-9368-1
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,226
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Medical Marijuana 2010: It's Time to Fix the Regulatory Vacuum.Peter J. Cohen - 2010 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 38 (3):654-666.
Higher Courts.Adam Potthast - 2007 - Teaching Ethics 8 (1):121-124.
A Joint for the Joints.Kathleen Burke & Shafik Bhalloo - 2017 - Journal of Business Ethics Education 14:327-330.
Nursing Ethics.Ian E. Thompson, Kath M. Melia & Kenneth M. Boyd (eds.) - 2006 - Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Ethical Issues in Public Health Nursing.K. Oberle & S. Tenove - 2000 - Nursing Ethics 7 (5):425-439.


Added to PP index

Total views
42 ( #267,873 of 2,499,692 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,789 of 2,499,692 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes