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Meanwhile In Southern California: Beverly Hills Moms Say Marijuana Makes Them Better Parents

The author of this article went to Beverly Hills High, but never did she realize that while she was struggling through Algebra (you don’t need math to work at JACK FM), the mothers around her were totally getting high in a different way.

Barcroft TV recently profiled “Marijuana Moms” in the real enclave of Beverly Hills. One of them is a 37-year-old mother, January Thomas, of a 2-year-old who says she smokes five times a day because it helps her arthritis and makes her a “better and more creative parent.” In the video she reads a book called It’s Just A Plant to her daughter in order to teach her that smoking weed is normal.

Other moms about town seemingly have a culinary group that gathers at 53-year-old Cheryl Shuman’s place for gourmet marijuana-based meals–like a chicken piccata with hemp oil and mashed potatoes with cannabutter.

“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 via Huffington Post. “I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use.”

Medical marijuana is currently legal in California and is used for many purposes including chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and terminal illness related issues. While many prescription drugs create lasting issues, medical marijuana is allegedly known for its relatively mild side effects. Pro and con debates regarding marijuana still ensue.

Spokesperson Diane Fornbacher for a pot-legalization group called NORML says that marijuana parents “aren’t perfect,” but “they’re far less imperfect than parents who use alcohol irresponsibly.”

What do you think? Are these women “high class” or lacking class?


–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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