Marijuana Smokers Are Good Parents, New Group Affirms

Categories: Marijuana

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Marijuana doesn't make you evil or a bad dad
The mainstreaming of marijuana use hasn't permeated everything. It's not smart to be black or brown and use marijuana in New York City, for example (though we'll see if the nation's largest city adopts a less reactionary attitude when Bloomberg becomes again just a financial machine and news source).

While politicians are of late being encouraged to go on record on their support of marijuana, it's still considered ill-advised to be a parent and be up front about your marijuana use. One of the most-frequently trotted-out arguments against marijuana legalization and about legal medical cannabis dispensaries is "What about the children?" And indeed, what about them? Instances in California are rare, but police are known to involve Child Protective Services and allege child endangerment when a parent uses cannabis.

A Bay Area weed activist is trying to change all that with a movement -- Parents4Pot -- based on a perhaps-radical premise: using marijuana can make you a better parent. As the group says, "'Dad ate all the potato chips again' is always better than 'dad is passed out on the front lawn again.'"


Parents4Pot is the brainchild of Mickey Martin, who's something of a legend in the cannabis activism game. That's what happens when you face federal felony charges for running an edibles company, Tainted, Inc., and manage to escape prison -- but still end up spending a year in a halfway house and a year in home detention.

As mentioned above, juggling drug reform and parenting duties absolutely presents increased risk, all the more so if custody issues are at stake. Why is this? Well, it's always been that way. You can brew beer in your home and be fine, but a closet full of state-legal plants can get your kids taken away if your ex calls the cops.

And that's bullshit, according to California NORML's Dale Gieringer. Whether it's a baggie in a drawer or a barn full of pounds, raw cannabis poses no risk to children.

"Cannabis is less toxic than tobacco, alcohol, or any number of household plants that people have lying around their house," Gieringer wrote via email. "Cannabis won't even get you high in its raw leaf form - it needs to be activated by heat."

So "what about the kids?" Martin is going to turn that on its head. The kids are alright if their parents use marijuana.

"We believe we can use that same argument to end prohibition once and for all," he told SF Weekly today. "Why are we taking their parents away for a safe, enjoyable and helpful plant? Why are we arresting poor and minority kids for pot at alarming rates and destroying less fortunate communities?"

The concept seems pretty simple: being up front about being a parent who uses marijuana responsibly, and creating a society where combining the two is not a radical act.

"We hope to formulate this reasoning into a powerful statement against the drug warriors who continue to push mass incarceration by using cannabis as an easy way to fill jail cells," he added. "We are the community and we will no longer stand to be treated like lesser citizens because we smoke pot."





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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! only a matter of time before it’s legal everywhere, 42 states have marijuana reform bills in the works....it works in 1000s of ways, god blessed this plant marijuana funded my college education and now im about to sit for the CPA exam…after i make marijuana free for all in this country my mom smokes everyday and she has been a single parent of me and my sister since i was 2, she is the director of a healthcare facility in the bay area and is a bossAMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

Alex Rothwell
Alex Rothwell

I agree depends on the parents or persons they are.

Rockin_Robin
Rockin_Robin

Reality is edibles are protected under the first amendment. It's a fact. Judges like it or not, it's still a fact.


Lester Bangs
Lester Bangs

Haters gonna hate. I know plenty of parents who did and do smoke and they're more attentive than some non smokers I know. Really, it's just gonna depend on the person.

Reina Mira
Reina Mira

So if the parent is busy rolling a joint, is that consider good parenting? Not! Totally against it!

Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson

Oh definitely. You learn to take care of yourself when the parent is spacing out on the ceiling.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

I was going to say yes, until i just read being lax'd makes you a pervert when it comes to child safety. I guess lazy Sundays are out of the question now :/

Dee Dee Russell
Dee Dee Russell

No cause pot makes your distracted and lazy most of the time and kids need a sober parent. Also stoned parents are lax and the kids safety could be compromised/perverts. Too many folks have kids when they should have remained single, I pity most kids.

Javier Leocadio Colón
Javier Leocadio Colón

No... I have some friends who had pot smoking parents and they actually grew up hating it and are completely clean and sober because of their parents poor choices.

Nate Payne
Nate Payne

Better then crackhead or methhead parents!

Rob Cotton
Rob Cotton

'dad ate all the potato chips again' - the chips are causing him more harm than the weed

freetainted
freetainted

My thought is to develop a new organization that focuses on the real issues facing parents and children regarding pot in our society. I have began the development of a group called Parents 4 Pot that I hope to slowly develop over time to be a positive voice for change in the community. I believe there is a powerful message to be shared from parents who use cannabis, and parents of adult children who use cannabis who have been afflicted by this insane prohibition. I hope Parents 4 Pot can serve as a vehicle to propel that voice.

Parents 4 Pot acknowledges both the mothers and fathers who struggle daily with their role as a parent and their choice to use cannabis. We use the word “pot” because it is a common use phrase in the daily walk of most people. It is purposefully informal because we really have nothing to hide or fear. Cannabis is safe, enjoyable, and helpful and parents who smoke pot are good people.

#Parents4Pot will be working on Board development between now and the end of the year. We welcome mothers who may be looking for an alternative to Moms for Marijuana after the new direction and tarnishing of that brand. We also welcome fathers who face the same challenges in their role as a parent. For more information, to be a part of the group, or to nominate potential great Board members please visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/parents4pot.

Stay tuned for more developments on this new and exciting group of like-minded parents and activists!

brioneduardo73
brioneduardo73

@rlarnold0925 

I think marijuana should be legalized, but it's not to be confused with a First Amendment issue. The First Amendment deals with free speech and religious freedom. However, it doesn't address what people can or cannot consume.

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