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article image'Marijuana Moms' say pot helps them be better parents

By Timothy Whitt     Aug 3, 2013 in Health
A group of Beverly Hills moms have taken parenting to a whole new level. The group nicknamed, "Marijuana Moms" say pot smoking helps them be better parents.
Many of this loosely-knit group of parents say they smoke the wacky weed in order to relax or cope with chronic pain." In addition to smoking the stuff the group meets regularly for lavish dinners where the herb is the key ingredient of each recipe such as, in dishes like cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes.
Says Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old mother of two, "the group's joint (no pun intended) mission is to show that smoking marijuana makes them better parents and better wives.
"We've all come up against who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it," Shuman said, according to the Daily Mail. "I like to think we are bringing some glamour and exclusivity to marijuana use."
January Thomas a 37 year mother who tokes up at least five times a day and takes care of her 2 year old son says that pot smoking, "puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems."
Another of the moms, Simmi Dhillon, 40 credits smoking pot with saving her marriage of 14 years. Her husband happens to be a cop. Dhillon was injured in a 2003 auto accident which left her suffering from chronic pain and working through an addiction to pain killers.
Says Dhillon, "When I found medical marijuana my life turned around. I was able to be the wife I wanted to be once again and it saved our marriage."
Columnist Ericka Sóuter from the Stir says, "Being a mother is an emotionally and physically taxing job, but we should find ways to adjust to that new circumstance that doesn't involve drugs. If you need something to “get you through” parenthood every day, that's a problem that marijuana will only mask, not fix."
She goes on to say, "All moms deserve to be happy and I would hope there is a way to accomplish that without drugs."
Marijuana currently is illegal in most states without a prescription, even with a prescription most parents who use the drug for recreational or medical reasons are still deemed as being bad parents by many in society.
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