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On Mothers & Marijuana: 7 Celebrities Talk About Smoking While Parenting

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Maya Angelou said smoking cannabis made playing with her child "side-cracking hilarity."
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On Mothers & Marijuana: 7 Celebrities Talk About Smoking While Parenting

On the day that began as Mother’s Day for Peace, we pause to reflect on the role mothers are taking in bringing about peace in the drug war, by speaking out about the benefits of cannabis for themselves and their families.

Mothers are increasingly leading cannabis reform efforts in the United States. Across the country, mothers have pushed forward laws — even in conservative states — allowing for the use of THC or CBD for children with severe epilepsy and other illnesses.

One such “she-ro” is Heather Shuker of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, who began as an advocate for her daughter Hannah after cannabis drastically reduced the number of seizures she suffered. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who just reversed her longstanding policy of opposing cannabis reform, said her views changed after meetings with constituents, particularly those with young children who have benefited from medical cannabis.

But the movement of mothers advocating for marijuana isn’t only a recent phenomenon about giving children access to medical cannabis. Here are seven mothers, including celebrities, writers and musicians, who have spoken publicly about their own consumption of marijuana and the positive effects they’ve seen from the plant.

Maya Angelou

Poetess Maya Angelou wrote about her experiences with marijuana in “Gather Together in My Name,” the second installment of her autobiography, after the acclaimed “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”Angelou, who had a drastically difficult childhood and became a single mother in her teens, wrote: “Smoking grass eased the strain for me…. From a natural stiffness I melted into a grinning tolerance. Walking on the streets became high adventure, eating my mother’s huge dinners an opulent entertainment, and playing with my son was side-cracking hilarity. For the first time, life amused me.”

Melissa Etheridge

Musician Melissa Etheridge advanced the cannabis cause when she told Dateline NBC in 2005 that she smoked medicinal cannabis to help with the side effects of chemotherapy during her treatment for breast cancer. Etheridge came out in favor of recreational cannabis at a 2010 press conference in Los Angeles. “I don’t want to look like a criminal to my children anymore,” she stated. “I want them to know this is a choice you make as a responsible adult.” At a Grammy Museum-sponsored Concert for Social Justice in 2015, she pronounced that the cannabis revolution “is being won by middle-aged women.”

Ruth Bergner

Longtime cannabis user and grandmother Ruth Bergner outed herself in her 2005 autobiography, “I Smoke Pot with My Family: Speaking Up at 85.” “With just one puff, I am instantly more open, communicative, loving and forgiving,” she wrote. “I believe that, when used wisely, this substance supports us in learning to be more loving and emotionally sound human beings.” These lessons are all ones that many mothers hope to pass on to their children.

Lea Grover

In 2015, Lea Grover, the mother of one-year-old twins, wrote an article for Good Housekeeping magazine titled, “Marijuana Makes Me a Better Mother,” in which she recounted how she benefited from an increased ability to empathize brought on by marijuana, as well dealing with her “parenthood-induced anxiety” more safely and effectively with cannabis than Xanax.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, who recently told Jimmy Kimmel that she and her mother successfully tried edibles to help them sleep, is currently appearing both in the movie “Gringo,” a boyish romp about a mythical marijuana pill, and in a critically-acclaimed performance for her realistic depiction of the challenges of motherhood in “Tully.” She has two children that she co-parents with her mother.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon, who has admitted to using pot as far back as 1992, has increasingly become an advocate for marijuana and criminal justice reform. Sarandon told AARP’s magazine in 2014 that, “I would much rather my kids smoke weed than drink, except that it’s illegal.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg, who has recently entered the cannabis industry with her own line of cannabis products geared toward women and mothers, said it was her daughter who suggested that she smoke marijuana to treat the headaches she was struggling with. “When my daughter gave me a vape pen, I realized that I could relegate it to where I needed it to be,” Goldberg told Marie Claire. “And I would talk to my older grandkids in their 20s, and they’d say they use weed to stop cramps.” Goldberg has also spoken up about the need for more women and mothers in the cannabis industry, saying, “If you had women running the weed market, I think there’d be lots of different products.”

TELL US, are you a mother? Have you seen marijuana impact your life?

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  1. Tessie Nehl

    May 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I am a step mother and a mother of 3 boys… my step son 11 deals with ptsd adhd odd and high anxiety from being sexually molested by his bio mom and neglected and abused by her and her boyfriends….. my youngest son 5 almost died from an outdoor allergic reaction causing his throat to close and he stopped breathing creating a level of my own ptsd anxiety as well as a life long struggle of depression from my own hormonal issues…. as well as anxiety from being raped and from the general publics comments of my appearance as I have to shave my face and my hair doesn’t grow from the hormonal issues… I have used marijuana religiously for over 18 yrs and began studying for my master growers certification to give my family a better life… smoking marijuana gave me patients and empathy for my oldest stepson and calmed my anxiety of my child dying from just going outside due to extreme allergies causing his throat to close… so he lives in a bubble… last fall someone decided I was a bad parent and a horrible person and called the cops reporting I had a huge grow… 6 plants… now I’m facing a potential of 20 yrs in prison for having a plant for personal medical issues for myself and my husband who also deals with adhd and anxiety… now I carry around 12 bottles of pills in my purse to keep my children safe from them and i padlock myself in my home due to being scared…. when we were arrested the arresting officer threatened me to ensure my children went to foster care despite the fact that my parents lived down the street and have 5 other families here that are my brother’s aunt’s and uncles… the arresting officer then decided to get in my face nose to nose and tell me he would make sure I would never see my children again… 6 plants…. a plant that treated a large number of medical issues in my home… kept me calm and made me a better mom… now I’m to scared to step foot outside my door and my children are being bullied in school creating more trauma and no one will stop the bullying… 6 plants… when will this nightmare we are living ever gonna end? We are a poor family with the youngest child on social security and the oldest child dealing with so much of his own personal trauma to now also have to deal with this small town bullying… 6 plants… we don’t have the money for a lawyer to properly fight for ourselves… we don’t have the money to move away to protect our children from these people who can’t see or refuse to see the benefits of this plant… 6 plants… if anyone out there has anyway of helping please help… this nonsense of judging people so harshly or to treat children with such distain is absolutely wrong… god gave us plants to heal… now this state is destroying my children…. 6 plants…yes here it is illegal to be in possession or ingest marijuana…. but it’s the only thing that could manage such a huge amount of medical issues at once… please fight to end this war on a plant that heals

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