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A group of moms in Beverly Hills, California, insist smoking marijuana makes them better wives and better parents.
The group is made up of a mix wealthy stay-at-home mothers, part-time service industry workers, and one wife of a police officer. They throw marijuana themed dinner parties, including dishes like cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes, according to The Daily Mail.
One of the mother’s, January Thomas, says she smokes marijuana five times a day while she takes care of her two-year-old daughter, Zeena:
“Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent. It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems. I want her to understand the benefits of cannabis so I read her books like ‘Mommy’s Funny Medicine’ and ‘It’s Just a Plant’ to teach her.”
Another woman, Cheryl Shuman, compares the group’s marijuana use to mothers in the 1960s who took Valium, known as “mother’s little helper” pills, to help them cope with the daily strains being housewives.
All of the women began using marijuana, which is legal with a prescription in California, to cope with chronic pain or illness.
The “Pot Moms” are aware that some people have a negative perception of what they do, but they are shocked when they are judged by parents who cope with stress using alcohol, according to Today Moms.
Margaret, who chose to withhold her last name, said:
“Being judged for doing something nontoxic and totally organic, enjoying a god-given plant, by moms who suck back two bottles of Chardonnay like sports drinks…is hard to swallow. A drunk mother is pathetic and I often leave parties when I experience other mothers tying one on.”
Columnist Ericka Sóuter on the Stir thinks these moms are deluding themselves.
Sóuter writes, “If you need something to ‘get you through’ parenthood every day, that’s a problem that marijuana will only mask, not fix. Isn’t it better to go to therapy or find some way to get more help with the kids than to turn to this?”
She says it’s normal to feel stress as a mother, but she questions the wisdom of parenting in a “constant drug haze.”
Robin Schneider, a pro-marijuana activist mom on Ladybud writes about the importance of maintaining good parenting practices while being involved in campaigning for legalized marijuana.
Schneider says parents involved in marijuana become targets of law enforcement. She says in order to keep herself and her family protected, she makes sure to always keep her house in order and keep her children well cared for and prepared for school.
Unlike the moms in Beverly Hills, Schneider is careful to never use marijuana around her children. She says marijuana activism is not about getting high or promoting smoking marijuana, but about being a leader and setting a good example.
One mother from Queens, New York, is currently facing the consequences of her involvement in marijuana.
Andrea Sanderlin was indicted Tuesday on charges of operating a sophisticated pot-growing operation in a Queens warehouse.
Authorities found nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in the warehouse, and she is being charged with manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and maintaining a drug-involved premises, according to The Associated Press.