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'Marijuana Moms' Say Pot Makes Them Better Parents

Talk about a great playdate: In Beverly Hills, a group called the “marijuana moms” meet up, toke up and claim the members are better parents as a result. Which may sound weird, but just hear them out, starting with Cheryl Shuman, 53.

"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," Shuman told the Daily Mail.

Next, consider mom January Thomas, 37, who says she lights up five times a day while caring for her two-year-old daughter, Zenna. After all, how else is an adult supposed to read Hungry Caterpillar over and over without being in an altered state?

Another mom named Shimmi Dhillon, 40, endured chronic pain due to injuries in a car accident. For awhile, she relied on prescription painkillers, but found weed to be a much better option. “When I found medical marijuana my life turned around,” she said. “I was 37 and I tried a joint my friend was smoking [and] for the first time in years I felt human. I was able to be the wife I wanted to be once again and it saved our marriage. Now I can talk to my 10-year-old son about drugs and be completely honest about it. Before I was like a zombie on prescription medication—now he's got his mom back.”

In California, marijuana is legal with a prescription, but a bias still exists against pot-using parents. Still, Diane Fornbacher of the marijuana advocacy group NORML argues this makes no sense. “Marijuana parents aren’t perfect, but they’re far less imperfect than parents who use alcohol irresponsibly,” she says.

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