Marijuana Moms Of Beverly Hills Claim Pot Makes Them Better Mothers [VIDEO]
A group of Beverly Hills, Calif., women who call themselves the "Marijuana Moms" say that consuming pot makes them better mothers.
The Marijuana Moms get together for homemade meals featuring foods such as chicken fried in cannabis oil and milk shakes infused with marijuana. The moms, who use pot to cope with chronic pain or just to relax, have legal prescriptions for medical marijuana.
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"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," said Cheryl Shuman, 53, a mother of two. "I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use."
Shuman compared regular marijuana use among the high-class moms to housewives in the 1960s taking Valium, popularly known as "mother's little helpers." Shuman and other marijuana moms say smoking the stuff helps them cope with the stresses of running a household.
"It helps us get through the day," Shuman said.
Many of the Marijuana Moms are married with young children. Some of them are wealthy homemakers, while others work in the service industry. One of the women is even married to a cop.
One of the women, January Thomas, 37, smokes five times a day, and says that she has started teaching her kids about marijuana.
Another one of the Marijuana Moms, Simmi Dhillon, 40, also says she talks to her son about marijuana.
"I can talk to my 10-year-old son about drugs and be completely honest about it," Dhillon said. "Before I was like a zombie on prescription medication--now he's got his mom back."
The Marijuana Moms aren't the only parents to extol the virtues of pot parenting. In a New York Times op-ed published last year, one California father, Mark Wolfe, described the unexpected parenting benefit that accompanied smoking medical marijuana for back pain.
"I swear I am a more loving, attentive and patient father when I take my medication as prescribed. Perhaps this isn't surprising. As anyone who inhaled during college can attest, cannabis enhances the ability to perceive beauty, complexity and novelty in otherwise mundane things," Wolfe wrote. He added, "I submit that this can be enormously salutary to the parent-toddler relationship. Beyond food, shelter and clothing, what do small children need most from their parents? Sustained, loving, participatory attention. Thank you, Doctor."
Diane Fornbacher, of the pot-legalization group NORML, compared marijuana-using parents to those who use alcohol in the home.
"Marijuana parents aren't perfect," Fornbacher told TODAY Moms, but they're far less imperfect than parents who use alcohol irresponsibly."
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