Pot-Smoking Moms "Will Not Be Judged" by Winos

By Valerie Tejeda 07/17/12

Moms who smoke pot to "take the edge off" say they're tired of being judged by moms who drink.

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Pot-smoking moms are apparently no longer willing to put up with the judgement of their wine-guzzling counterparts. Margaret, a 45-year-old mother of two boys, has defended her nightly cannabis habit on Today MSNBC—saying that she needs the drug to relax and be a better parent, and maligning the unfair criticism she receives from other mothers. “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 feels like shit,” she said. “Any hypocrisy is hard to swallow. A drunk mother is pathetic and I often leave parties when I experience other mothers tying one on.” Margaret isn't the only mom in America to use pot to help mediate the stresses of parenting. A Jezebel blogger recently caused a stir after admitting to being stoned while taking care of her newborn; and as of today, the group "Moms For Marijuana International" has over 18,000 likes on its Facebook page. “No matter what you use, you shouldn’t be judged if it works for you, you’re productive, and you do no harm,” says Diane Fornbacher, co-vice chair of the Women’s Alliance at NORML, the non-profit organization working to legalize marijuana. “Marijuana parents aren’t perfect, but they’re far less imperfect than parents who use alcohol irresponsibly. Cannabis can influence people to be nicer to one another. You rarely find a story that says two stoners beat each other up outside of a bar.” Still, toking up while parenting does have its risks. Like alcohol, marijuana can be addictive—and studies show that children whose moms smoke pot are more likely to start using the drug at an earlier age.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.