Why Colorado Is Drug Testing Babies


Legalized marijuana is raising new concerns about babies born in the state. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana has led to an increase in the number of babies being born THC-positive.

One Pueblo hospital is reporting nearly half the babies tested in one month had marijuana in their system.

Vicky Houston, of Woodland Park, saw nothing wrong with using medical marijuana for her health while pregnant.

“I believe it’s beneficial, I don’t think it’s toxic in any shape or form,” she told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger.”

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  80 comments for “Why Colorado Is Drug Testing Babies

  1. Capt. Steve Rogers™
    July 15, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Can babies get high?

  2. L MoMo
    July 14, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Give those babies a break. Stuck in a woman’s belly for 9 months, then
    thrown into a fucked up world. Let ’em chill for a bit.

    • Kamran
      July 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    • Siddgeir Stuhn
      July 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM

      Baby Mozart needs to expand into Baby Marley asap

    • eddie bowens
      July 14, 2016 at 11:17 PM


    • Gi Gi Sunshine
      July 15, 2016 at 6:58 AM


  3. S4LUT3t0LUN4CY
    July 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    But how will the baby get a job if they fail a piss test? :/

    • Blank Blanky
      July 14, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      guess it wont get that job at the korean sweatshop.

    • HiediGetsHealthy
      July 14, 2016 at 11:50 AM

      +Blank Blanky lol no toddlers with drug useage here!

  4. TwiztiD DieseL
    July 14, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    I really love the little background slogans they come up with every news
    story. it tickles my funny bone everytime

    • Jordan Mazzitelli
      July 14, 2016 at 3:15 AM

      But this one is terrible lol

    • Mclovinthedank
      July 14, 2016 at 6:49 AM

      they are always terribly awesome!

    • Kamran
      July 14, 2016 at 12:09 PM

      haha seriously who comes up with them

    • Cliff Wharton
      July 14, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      +Kamran jr maybe

  5. iliketrains
    July 14, 2016 at 2:02 AM

    i bet the babys will be giant green men roaming the earth
    shitting on mother Russia while they think it is seeeds ……

    • billyc2010
      July 14, 2016 at 2:12 AM


  6. Abraham Espinosa
    July 14, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    children with thc in their systems at birth have no ill affects from it.
    compare it to a woman who does crack, or alcohol, even cigarettes. thc
    babies are born healthy and smart.

    • Jacksnake James
      July 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      The babies were healthier and smarter than babies who’s mothers did not use
      cannabis. It’s one of the reasons some people will fight to unlawfully keep
      it illegal.

    • YC
      July 14, 2016 at 2:31 PM

      +Jacksnake James

    • Rubaontiful
      July 14, 2016 at 7:57 PM

      +Kancho Hmm no when it comes to issues like this we can question such a
      statement. What’s most worrying is that it has so many likes…

  7. Daniel harvey The chocolate kyle kulinski
    July 14, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    news flash:::::: people didn’t just start smoking Weed when it became legal
    …..could of did the same test ten years before legalization, and still
    get simular results….if stats are true in the first place

    • Cesar Salcido
      July 14, 2016 at 6:18 AM

      +Shirley Yugehst I don’t even think hospitals drug test babies unless
      something is wrong with them.

    • livvidd
      July 14, 2016 at 12:13 PM

      seems obvious now that you mention it.

    • Angel Light
      July 14, 2016 at 5:59 PM

      It’s been difficult to really know, because many of the women who smoked
      marijuana also smoked regular cigarettes or used other drugs, and it was
      hard to pin point what actual harm came from marijuana.

  8. Isaac Koenen
    July 14, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    My mother smoked weed when she was pregnant with my oldest brother. He
    scored highest in the state on state standardized testing. I’m not even
    making this up. Number 1.

  9. Fernando Ramirez
    July 14, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    I wish I lived in Colorado I’m tired of smoking cheap illegal weed

    • gris gray
      July 14, 2016 at 1:36 PM

      +Primalxbeast yes

    • justin20051
      July 14, 2016 at 6:24 PM

      you have those mids don’t you!! lol I live in ri and I usually get mine
      down in Conn.

    • ironbalance
      July 14, 2016 at 11:33 PM

      Microwave wont work unless u close the cover. Try a high power lazer.

  10. BloodMoneyLLC
    July 14, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Mandatory minimum sentencing for babies!

    • Sputnik11
      July 14, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Maybe the Cannabinoids found in the Babies are completely natural, from the
      Mother’s Breast Milk, maybe we should be more worried about the babies who
      Didn’t test positive to Cannabinoids.

    • Daniel Roberts
      July 14, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      Yes! Throw the book at them! Disgusting babies lol!

    • MultiTeebag
      July 14, 2016 at 7:20 PM


    • jj Ss
      July 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

      It’s funny until cps gets involved and they face felony charges.

  11. marymvc
    July 14, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Marijuana is evil. It”s not bad for you, the medical community has
    granted, but it’s evil. No, lets administer anti nausea meds. that are
    dangerous for women and babies. Lets pump dangerous chemicals into them or
    leave them to suffer or have their life ripped apart, sometimes beyond
    repair, if they decide to use a natural and safe remedy. Lets make it
    unsafe for women to even want to go to the hospital at all to have a baby,
    while we’re at it, and then wonder why the hell infant mortality rates are
    sky high. That will fix America.

    • coffeebuzzz
      July 14, 2016 at 3:56 AM

      No, you will take your pharmaceutical Thalidomide and you and your 3 armed
      baby will like it.

    • J Gallo
      July 14, 2016 at 6:29 AM

      Sarcasm? I hope lol.

    • FiercelyGold
      July 14, 2016 at 3:14 PM

      Because I know hospitals are so anti patient, I had a home birth. I want to
      be comfortable, know my hospital costs prior (shop around options) and have
      medical personnel on my side, not have constant strangers coming in and out
      of my private space during labor, and you can’t get that at hospitals. They
      would readily put your babies life in danger to speed things up because
      that saves them money.

    • marymvc
      July 14, 2016 at 11:18 PM

      Another problem is the way women who are raped come in. Not that they are
      treated like crap on purpose but some of the humiliating and unnecessary
      procedures. What everyone missed with the Stanford rape is that the
      hospital experience (per her letter) is what this girl is going to have to
      live with haunting and traumatizing her for the rest of her life. Why did
      they need pictures of her vagina? Did they use it in court. I’m sure it
      looked the same. It’s just a bunch of bullshit. And how women’s basic human
      rights to choose what to do with their bodies during childbirth their most
      vulnerable time is stripped away in hospitals causing situations so
      traumatic and unnecessarily violent that women are suffering PTSD. If you
      are a women, you think twice and you are scared when it comes to going in
      for these things. You will be put through the vagina conveyor belt and hope
      you come out alive and/or sane in the end.

  12. Sky Leonidas
    July 14, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    could it be that cannibanoids are actually found naturally in babies

    • Angel Gd
      July 14, 2016 at 11:08 PM

      That’s why I smoke and eat babies.

    • That Guy
      July 15, 2016 at 1:43 AM

      Trace amounts at most, nothing that show up on a drug test, also explain
      why only half of the babies had it in there system? you idea doesn’t hold

  13. Jeweled Bird
    July 14, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    If marijuana use can affect the brain development of teens, think what it
    might do to an unborn child. I’m all for legalizing marijuana, but I think
    there should be the same care taken in using it while pregnant as with

    • HiediGetsHealthy
      July 14, 2016 at 11:50 AM

      +MrNateSPF yeah big pharma has a puppet there

    • Caren Ami
      July 14, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      It needs to be emphasized that regular car use, which we consider once a
      week, is not safe as it may result in death, especially in youth.

      Looks a little bit like a meaningless statement.

    • Caren Ami
      July 14, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      +Jeweled Bird thanks for the links. Did you look at the studies themselves?
      I am asking because I find science news reporting somewhat notoriously

      BTW, the last time I checked I couldn’t find any reliable scientific data
      suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy is harmful.
      IIRC, stopping to consume any alcohol shows even slight negative
      correlation with optimal outcome (I don’t remember the end point measures
      though). As always, correlation does not mean causation.

    • Pipebomb
      July 14, 2016 at 2:49 PM

      +Jeweled Bird Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Whom have
      a monopoly on the supply of research-grade marijuana and uses its monopoly
      power to obstruct research that conflicts with its vested interests. MAPS
      had two of its FDA-approved medical marijuana protocols rejected by NIDA,
      preventing the studies from taking place.

      It was only a 5 point IQ drop and the researcher stated “our study does not
      conclusively address whether any or all of the brain changes are a direct
      consequence of marijuana use”. Too bad IQ tests don’t measure creativity.

      I don’t condone teen pot use, but I think the negative effects are being
      blown out of proportion.

    • fernando18455
      July 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

      Instead lets use chemicals and more chemicals, to support our 1 percent of

  14. Jacob Morss
    July 14, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Idc if you smoke weed but they do these same tests for people who drink and
    smoke cigarettes so weed shouldn’t be an exception

    • Nancy Martin
      July 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM

      +Jacksnake James The burden of proof should be on the state to show a
      concious decision on the defendant to consume substances that are harmful.
      Just declaring a test positive as enough is a miscarriage of justice.
      Plain drinking water or a poppy seed bagel is enough to rip a family apart.

  15. dmrc43
    July 14, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    give them babies some pills…they’ll be alright.

    • Kendra Tackitt
      July 14, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      thank you!! I was thinking in 5 years that kid will be on Ritalin. Which is
      way worse then marijuana!!

    • Jacksnake James
      July 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM

      Don’ knock pharmaceutical grade meth for kids until you’ve forced them to
      take it yourself, or are a benefactor of it’s sales!

  16. darkseed2001
    July 14, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Drug testing a baby without the parents permission sounds illegal.

    • Michael Adams
      July 14, 2016 at 12:03 PM

      when a baby is born they get tested that day. Help know if the baby have a
      nicotine problem or worst. So, you must not have kids. So it is not
      illegal. Safety risk for you and the hospital. You sign up for that when
      you go to a hospital.

    • Jacksnake James
      July 14, 2016 at 1:59 PM

      But the hospital investors want more money, and the law, or doing what is
      right is NOT going to stand in their way!

    • Michael Adams
      July 14, 2016 at 2:07 PM

      +Jacksnake James wtf are you talking about. As a pre-med student. Law does
      nothing here but to protect the child. That why a social worker comes an
      visit before you leave the hospital. Because conditions for mothers who
      can’t handle stress.

    • Cliff Wharton
      July 14, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      you own your baby you don’t even need to have the baby at a hospital they
      shouldn’t be able to do anything to your child without your consent.

  17. Beza Gaming
    July 14, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    no she should not loose her baby if smoking weed

    • La Love
      July 14, 2016 at 7:59 PM

      +foxayroxay25 90% of testing and drugs you get from rodent testing doesn’t
      end up compatible with the human body so that’s not reliable. Marijuana is
      shown to kill cancer cells in the human body because of our endocanabanoid

    • Pokemaniac 2010
      July 14, 2016 at 9:56 PM

      isnt smoking anything while pregnant bad for developing lungs?

    • La Love
      July 14, 2016 at 9:57 PM

      +Pokemaniac 2010 The smoke never reaches the babies lungs only the mothers.

    • La Love
      July 15, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      +foxayroxay25​ Uh I never said anything about killing cancer cells in
      someone who doesn’t have cancer, I was simply addressing the untrue
      statement that marijuana causes cancer. Oh and tests on long term marijuana
      smokers lungs have shown NO damage.

  18. Yan Toha
    July 14, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    . . .So?

    • Aggiesgigem
      July 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM

      Said the boozing moms 60 years ago.

    • Jacksnake James
      July 14, 2016 at 2:18 PM

      The difference being that, even though U.S. researchers are ONLY allowed to
      test for harm and not for benefit, there has been NO correlation or
      causation linked to cannabis use during pregnancy, as HAS been shown for
      alcohol use during pregnancy. That’s quite the difference!

  19. Brianna Anderson
    July 14, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Y’all on a roll today…

    • Gawd Almighty
      July 14, 2016 at 12:59 AM

      I see what you did there…

    • VividElites - PC Call of Duty
      July 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM


    • Aesithair Runekafi
      July 14, 2016 at 11:24 AM

      Put a lid on that pun.

  20. duhsmersh
    July 14, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    “I wanna give you a HUGE warning” -Ana (look what trump has done to media)

    • Comemeism
      July 14, 2016 at 1:19 AM

      like huge wasn’t already an extremely commonly used adjective or something

    • Ampheta.miner Cometh
      July 14, 2016 at 1:45 AM

      +Comemeism lol

    • Gabriel Dasaro
      July 14, 2016 at 3:30 AM


    • Amanda Deupree
      July 14, 2016 at 3:33 AM

      +Comemeism lol, sometimes it’s the correct adjective to use though.

    • The Coffee Nut
      July 14, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      its funny because people usually click on the video to see something that
      reads “GRAPHIC”

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