Pot-Smoking Parents

Four marijuana-using mommies open up to BettyConfidential
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Pot-Smoking Parents

Four marijuana-using mommies open up to BettyConfidential

 -Amy Levin Epstein

Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds

Moms who drink stir up plenty of opinions, but what about moms who go a step further and imbibe in an illegal substance – marijuana? Four women talk candidly with BettyConfidential about pot and parenting.

First, meet our panel:

Melissa*, 42, from Florida, is married with two sons, 15 and 11, and works in drug policy. “I prefer cannabis to alcohol if I’m going to use something in a social setting. I prefer cannabis to pharmaceuticals if I have pain that I want to deal with.”

Wendy*, 36, from Tennessee, is single with two sons, 14 and 16, and owns a daycare business. “I had one child at 18 and one child at 20. My mother introduced me to it when I was 21. One day she saw that I was very stressed, showing obsessive-compulsive signs, anxiety. She thought it would help.”

Erin Hildebrandt, 38, from Oregon, is married with three sons, 14, 13 and 9, and two daughters, 7 and 11. She works as an artist, activist and writer. “I have numerous ailments, including Crohn’s disease and severe, intractable migraines for which my doctor recommends I use cannabis [and I am] a legally registered participant in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Additionally, I use it to ease the symptoms of PTSD (anxiety, sleep problems, etc.), resulting from childhood sexual abuse.”

Lisa*, 36 age, from Colorado, is a stay-at-home mom with three kids aged 5, 4, and 2. “I smoke when I really need to relax, de-stress and refocus.”

We asked our panelists some questions about their marijuana use and its affect on their parenting. Here are their very candid answers:

Do your children know you smoke pot?

Melissa: My kids have known as much as was age-appropriate from the minute it was appropriate to talk to them. They are 100 percent aware that I smoke. I don’t hide it in from them.

Erin: I don’t smoke around my kids. I take my medicine either outside or in a private, well-ventilated room that only I use.

Do you use other drugs in addition to marijuana?

Wendy: I have tried other drugs [when] I was a lot younger. I did [cocaine] once or twice. I guess I enjoyed it at the time but I didn’t enjoy how I felt afterwards.


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  1. I BELIEVE IF THAT’S WHAT MAKES THEM HAPPY & IT HELPS THEM GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY, IT AIN’T BAD. IT DOESN’T MAKE THEM A BAD PARENT. PEOPLE MAKE WEED SOUND SO BAD BUT IT’S NOT. IT ACTUALLY IS THE BEST THING FOR STRESS & DEPRESSION. I BELIEVE ALL THE MOMS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB IN THEIR OWN WAY. YOU GOT THUMBS UP FROM ME!

  2. sorry i can’t get on board on with this. I absolutely think maryjane is a gateway drug. How could I ask my kids to not do drugs if I’m doing them? Regardless of the popular vote on legalizing weed, the fact is that it’s still illegal unless you use it for medicinal purposes. This sounds like a slippery slope to me.

  3. Smoking weed is not a bad thing, as long as you know your limit and don’t abuse it. I work a full time job and I only smoke on the nights and weekends, other than that I am totally focused on working. :)

  4. I also prefer weed to alcohol. When my kids were younger I did smoke away from them in a well ventilated room. Thy did not know I smoked, but I also smoked cigarettes, so they never knew the difference. It definitely helped me get through the stressed out times as I only smoked a little to take off the edge. When my kids asked me if I ever smoked I told them that I did, but times were different in the 70’s. Now that they are in their 20’s, they know I smoke and one of them also smokes but also just to take the edge off. She will NEVER smoke before she goes to work or when she is going to be driving. The other one hates all kinds of smoke. She is one of the reasons I stopped smoking cigarettes.

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