The holiday season, for many of us, is a joyous time of year. Families travel from afar to reconnect, mothers, fathers and children of many generations exchange gifts, smile and laugh. Children cuddle up to their parents for Christmas stories and hot cocoa among other family traditions; but what about the children who have a parent that is incarcerated? What about the families who have had to leave everything they know behind to seek a natural treatment in a place that accepts it? What about those families that fight for the freedom of many while losing it all themselves?
That is where Parents 4 Pot steps in.
Parents 4 Pot is a national activist organization that is there to support the family unit. We are an organization that welcomes all ages, races and walks of life. You do not have to be a parent to be one of our members, nor do you have to consume cannabis. You can support an organization that does good in communities across America, while helping to defeat the stigma surrounding the cannabis plant, its users and supporters.
Cannabis prohibition has torn lives apart in a shameless witch hunt over a harmless plant. Men and women are incarcerated every day for the victimless crimes of growing, possessing and selling weed. The real victims are those who are left behind when a mother or father goes to prison; the children. When the judge harshly sentences a parent to a year or a life sentence, they are sentencing that individual’s child to the same fate. Having a parent who is incarcerated is a prison for a child. The leaders, role models, teachers and best friends are stripped from them. Most of the year it may not be so bad for the kiddos, busy with school and sports, but when the holiday season comes around, they are left in a private despair. Most don’t often stop to consider these children when we are celebrating, but Parents 4 Pot always considers these children.
Our annual holiday gift drive is a Prisoners of War gift drive. Prisoners of the Drug War each year get to know that our organization, by way of many compassionate people, are able to get their children the presents that they would have given. This is not a way to replace a parent, but rather one reason to smile. We want only to create smiles, laughter and happiness during these difficult times. We want to give back to those who have lost it all and have been left forgotten; we must remember and support those who are victimized by federal marijuana prohibition.
This year is our third annual drive; it has evolved to include not only families who have an incarcerated parent, but also medical cannabis refugee families. A refugee family is a family that has had to relocate from their home to a new state that has a medical marijuana program that allows for the therapeutic use of cannabis for themselves or their children. These families often have to make the decision to separate and afford two homes or to sell off everything they own and love in order to relocate as a whole unit. This is an immense and costly choice to make either way and it makes finding the funds to purchase Christmas presents very difficult. Parents 4 Pot also stands not behind, but beside these families during their struggle.
We are organizing Amazon.com wish lists for each family. These are wish lists that we work hard to ensure are fully completed no matter what is on it, because one day away from the struggle is one day well deserved. We hope you will chip in a few bucks to send a gift to a kid whose family is paying the ultimate price from the drug war.
There are gifts of all shapes and sizes. Feel free to choose some gifts that are within your budget or you can donate directly to the P4P Holiday Drive by PayPal. Send your donation to [email protected] with “Holiday Drive” in the memo/notes section. We will select presents for families on the list for you.
If you cannot afford to help, but still want to take part, then please share on your social media, to friends, family and associates.
Parents 4 Pot appreciates the support and are consistently overwhelmed by the generosity of this community. Together we can ensure our community stays strong and that those less fortunate have a wonderful holiday despite life’s many challenges.
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