Beverly Hills, CA – “Marijuana Moms” refers to a huge subculture that has popped up on the West Coast lately. A group of adults have banded together to openly reveal that they smoke weed regularly and that it makes them better parents.
Though there are many instances where it might be argued that smoking weed actually makes you a worse parent, many members of this loosely-knit group of pot-smoking parents say that regular use of marijuana helps them relax or cope with chronic pain.
In the end, it makes them better parents.
Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old mother of two, said that the mission of “Marijuana Moms” is to show that smoking weed makes them better mothers and wives.
“We’ve all come up against people who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it,” she said. “I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use.”
January Thomas, a 37-year-old “Marijuana Mom” said that she smokes weed up to five times daily, and that she even reads her 2-year-old daughter books like Mommy’s Funny Medicine and It’s Just A Plant.
“Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent,” she said in an interview. “It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems.”
Simmi Dhillon, 40, credited marijuana with saving her 14-year marriage. She was in a serious car accident in 2003 which left her with chronic pain. She also happens to be a cop.
“When I found medical marijuana my life turned around,” she told The Huffington Post. “I was 37 and I tried a joint my friend was smoking [and] for the first time in years I felt human. I was able to be the wife I wanted to be once again and it saved our marriage.
“Now I can talk to my 10-year-old son about drugs and be completely honest about it. Before I was like a zombie on prescription medication — now he’s got his mom back.”
She admits that “Marijuana Moms” aren’t perfect but opines that they are far more responsible than parents who abuse alcohol.
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