Can moms smoke pot?

Tasha - posted on 06/10/2011 ( 298 moms have responded )

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I know pot is not leagle to smoke, but what about parents who have the right to medical marijuana? Is it different than a mom who is depressed or has anxiety and takes prescription drugs? Or having a few glasses of wine? Do you think a parent can be under the influence of any of these and still be functioning at a level to take care of kids? I dont want to upset anyone who may need medication for an illness, its just there is a big medical marijuana debate in the state i live, and it sparked this question for me. What are your thoughts or experiences?

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Stifler's - posted on 06/11/2011

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I got a duramine prescription when Logan was 3 months old. It was awesome, I don't know how I'd have done the night feeds without it plus put up with the screaming and reflux and washing and stuff. For the record I formula fed.

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Personally, I'm against smoking anything whether it is legal or not, but I have issues.... second hand cigarettes cause me uncontrollable coughing/choking/can't breathe/almost puke fits and second hand pot makes me dizzy....

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/11/2011

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They need to just go on ahead and legalize that shit, tax it up the bum hole and make some money, and create jobs(making sure that none of the workers are under the influence while at work)
And pot and perscription drugs are different....no comparison AT ALL

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/11/2011

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Nope they can't smoke pot, they can only eat Weed Brownies ;-))

Meagan - posted on 06/11/2011

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Rebecca- First, I did not at ALL say I was a better mom. Second, you do not know me, you do not know my pain, so you cannot say ANYTHING about it. To assume your pain is worse or that I'm not doing what is best for ME is ignorant, and I dont think you want to be labeled as ignorant. Also, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to attack someone based off their OPINION. Especially an opinion you fabricated. Let me quote part of what I wrote: "It doesnt make anyone less of a mother because they take anything for any condition they have." Is that saying I am better than anyone who DOES take medicine? I think not. What you got was either from not READING what I wrote, or something that you created in your head. I could care LESS which one it is, but if you are looking for an arguement, look somewhere else. Otherwise, grow up.



And by the way, how does you regularly taking a "small" amount of pain meds make you a better mom than me? Do you know me personally? Do you know my parenting style? Maybe I am a stronger person than you with a higher pain threshold and a drive to stay off of pain meds on a regular basis.



Take your own advice and try to look at things from a different perspective. =]

Elisabeth - posted on 06/11/2011

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If a parent chooses to have a drink once the kids are in bed and their days duties have been done I can't see that having a smoke under the same circumstances would be any different?

At the same time, if a parent starts their day with an alcoholic beverage or a smoke then they are not being a responsible parent.

As with everything in this world, most things in moderation and consumed responsibly won't make a person a bad parent.

Mrs. - posted on 06/11/2011

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"I just choose to push through it instead of taking medicine, because of what I expirienced in my childhood."

There is some pain that can't be "pushed" through. You win no awards in my books if you have a pain management regime that actually works and choose not to do it to "push through"....how does that make you a better mom?

I respect the fact that you had a bad experience with your mom. However, not everyone is addicted to pain killers who have to take them. Some people do not show any drug seeking behaviour and actually use them as directed by qualified specialist. Dependance and addiction is completely different.

I understand that you are trying to be gentle and not offend. I'm just not sure, because of your past experience, that you may have thought of it from a few more perspectives.

For instance, I was prescribed cannabinoids in pill form for my pain. It didn't work very well. I was also then allowed to smoke for the pain...it actually ups the sensitivity for me. So, after a barrage of different pills, therapies, etc...the only thing that worked for me was a small dose of pain meds on the regular. So, what should I do? Not responsibly use the meds that work for me, or push through, or just smoke the weed that makes it worse?

I'm not saying you are judging. I'm just saying you may not have taken into account all situations in your response...just the one you grew up with.

Meagan - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think that weed is the BEST option compared to others. As a person who was raised by a parent who was hooked on pain killers she was prescribed, I know what it is like to have that. It is FAR too easy to get hooked on them, while weed isn't physically addictive. People on pain killers tend to be moody, people on weed tend to be giddy. To this day, I can be insevere pain, and I will not take even a tylenol, because of my fear of addiction to pain killers, and my sister is the same way. Had my mom been given weed instead, maybe I would have good memories from when I was younger. There are people who need pain killers, whether temporarily or perminently. There are people who could be given a very easy fix, but doctors instead pump them full of drugs. So why not give the lesser of 2 evils out?



If a person can count as "functioning" while on morphine, why not weed? There are some prescription drugs that make you high, even if they are your dose.



I am very pro-weed, although I do NOT smoke it.



Edit: This is not meant to attack anyone who IS on pain killers. I do understand what it is like to have debillitating pain, I just choose to push through it instead of taking medicine, because of what I expirienced in my childhood. It doesnt make anyone less of a mother because they take anything for any condition they have. Everyone is different and every story is different. I just feel pot is the lesser of the 2 evils, although I dont think pot is evil. XP

Dana - posted on 06/11/2011

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Loureen I would hope so too!







And let me make it clear just because I question whether all moms could handle pot while taking care of their children, doesn't mean I think that they shouldn't be able to receive medical marijuana. :)

Rosie - posted on 06/11/2011

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samantha i'm not sure if this is the same thing or not, but i'm pretty sure the TCH hits the baby. my sister almost had her child taken away at birth because they detected pot in his system.

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In addiiton to *hopes*, I would also *hope* that any physician worth their reputation can sniff out someone needing medical marijuana for chronic pain, having a long-standing patient/doctor relationship, versus a downright drug-addict pot head who doctor shops for the script.

Charlie - posted on 06/11/2011

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Dana I would *hope* like any medication the mother would return to the Doctor who prescribed it and say " hey you know what ? this isnt working for me can we find an alternative"
I wouldnt think a mother who previously didnt need pot and was medicated it would want to continue if it made them severely impaired .

Johnny - posted on 06/11/2011

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Whatever the drug is, be it prescription narcotic or prescription marijuana, each individual is going to handle it differently. As nice as it is to say, "I'd NEVER do that (In your snottiest writing style possible apparently) you have not yet walked in that person's shoes. You do not really know what you would do if you were in chronic, severe, debilitating pain that interfered with your ability to function, think clearly, communicate, and move around. It just might be that those "oh-so-evil" drugs are what makes it possible for you to manage life and relationships in a manner as close to normal as you can get.

This thread isn't about whether it's okay to have a toke while cooking supper instead of a beer. It's about using marijuana to manage medical problems.

Teresa - posted on 06/11/2011

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I agree with Tara but choose not to smoke it because I dont' want to go to jail and to respect my husbands wishes.

Caitlin - posted on 06/11/2011

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You odn't only smoke it if it's rpescribed. One of my friends has a chronic conditon that leaves her in debilitating pain for about 1/3 of the year total. She's eligible for a prescription for medical marijuana, but since3 she's also severealy asthmatic she is eligible to have her doses in a capsule. SHe opted to not do it either way, and she's not a mother (her condition is genetic and she doens't want to pass it on). That being said, I don't think someone on any hard core medications (prescription or not) should be left as sole caregiver of children while they are "under the influence" unless it has been verified that the reactions to the medications are okay. Most docs will do a follow up for a short time after putting a patient on a new medication to ensure there are no severe side effects If the person is fine and adapting well to theri "dosage" and it's not affecting their daily lives, then why the hell not!

Lacye - posted on 06/11/2011

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Personally, I wouldn't do it. I don't drink if front of my child so even if pot was legal, I wouldn't do that in front of her either. I don't like Mary Jane. She and I just don't see eye to eye on some things.

Now if I had a prescription where I needed to do it, I would. I would rather be around as long as possible even if it means for a little while I'm kinda out of it. I know they say pot is good to help fight cancer. I don't know what else it's good for but that's not the point.

As for Red Bull, I don't even compare it to pot or drinking. It doesn't effect my judgement the way pot or alcohol does. One Red Bull every once in a while isn't going to hurt anybody.

Mrs. - posted on 06/11/2011

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Wow..I guess I'm less of a parent because I have to take meds to function with my chronic pain condition. I'm less of a parent because I am "emotionally" distant from my child....you know what makes you more distant from your child, laying bed writhing in pain and not able to get up to change a diaper...but I digress from the point.

Yes, a mom can smoke pot and function as a mother. Some people are just better at mothering, some people can function with a shit load of substances in them, some people are functional pot heads who don't have an issue.

Sometimes, I wonder at all this judgement....for instance, the thread on Red Bulls...seems a high number of mothers here drink them. Do I think this makes you better mom, all high on caffeine and sugar? Putting yourself at risk for blood clots and setting the example that when one is a bit down just head for the caffeine as a solution,,,I think I'd rather a mother smoke a little pot than have a healthy Red Bull habit.

ME - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think Parents should be able to use Medical Marijuana just like I think all people should be able to use it. If I have a drink while my kids are awake, I have ONE drink...I know better than to get blitzed while I am responsible for children, and I am offended at the suggestion that I wouldn't be able to know better with MEDICAL Marijuana. I quit smoking when I had kids because it is illegal, not because I think it's bad. If I still lived in CO where medical marijuana is legal, I would probably have a script for it. (I have chronic pain)...I think using marijuana responsibly as med. is WAY better and safer than using other prescription drugs. I would NOT want to be on prescription pain meds around my children if I had another option...

Dana - posted on 06/11/2011

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Loureen: "Secondly I agree with Tara and I would also like to address JuLeah"



JuLeah :"Well, anything that distances you from your feelings makes you less as a parent. Less responsive, less involved, less connected, less able to respond in an emergency ...."



Loureen: "It doesnt effect everyone in that way , for some it enhances those feelings , certainly a parent should not smoke if it impairs them but that isnt always the case."





So that works both ways obviously. So how could it be regulated that only moms who can handle pot are okay to be high around their kids but, not moms who can't handle it?

Not that I think it should be regulated and I'm all for the legalization of medical marijuana.



As a years long (previous) veteran smoker who could handle pot, there's still no way in hell I would be high around my kids.

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IMO, I think moms who smoke and drink excessivley during pregnancy do far more damage than smoking legal, medical marijuana. But I'll go back to what I said earlier: if there is a legal, medical prescription I am fine with that. A responsible parent will know his/her limitations while lighting up, and seek a caregiver if needed. Most of the people who do smoke legal pot, *I assume* is not going to drop what they are doing mid-afternoon while at teh playground with a toddler to light up! Again, just an assumption....but I would *think* someone would reserve the legal weed to when the child is sleeping for the night, in school for the day, or in a situation where it does not impact their parenting.

Samantha - posted on 06/11/2011

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Actualy a lady did a study in Jamaca (Sp?) for moms who smoked pot for there morning sickness, it showed that THC actualy never hits the baby. There children ended up with better social skills and where calmer at birth since the mothers didnt have a stressful pregnancy. She ended up loosing funding though and now i cant find the website that shows it(sorry i would have given you guys the link then cause i cant remember everything)



I have friends who smoked pot while pregnant there kids turned out fine healthy, smart and are calmer and didnt have any colic, long term i dont know the effects. My parents smoked pot while i was a kid and i turned out fine, they never neglected us, yelled or beat us. My parents where wounderful until they started drinking.



I think the parents end up being calmer and enjoy playing with there children more, They go to bed at a decent time, pay there bills just like everyone else, never neglect there child and show them they love him everyday. They play with them and interact with them and pay close attention to them just like any sober parent.



So no i dont find anything wrong with parents smoking pot, i think its better than them drinking around there child or doing crack(i also have friends who do this around there children) or herion. I think its all about there person and moderation, pot is something that should be leagalized its a completely natural substance(unless someone adds something themselves), i wouldnt even call it a drug.

Caffiene is techinicly a drug and we still allow is, so is cigarettes and alcohol(which personaly i think should be illegal and pot should be legal).



But i cant say anything i dont make the rules.

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@Christina i agree.As a parent i do not agree with any illegal activity.My partner feels the same.We want to lead our children by example.

I only agree for the use of marijuana in medical situations.



I also feel personally not to use any drugs, alcohol etc while caring for your children alone.I wouldn't drink alcohol around my children anyway, don't take drugs as in the illegal kind or smoke anything etc.

Even when i have no choice but to take prescription drugs etc i have my fella to mind the kids.Most times i will avoid taking them and go for the natural remedies instead.

Christina - posted on 06/10/2011

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Blah, I've been at work all day and my brain is fried. If the parents have a legal script for any drug and it is for actual reasons and not made up ones, then I see nothing wrong with it. Kind of like the man who gave his 2yr old marijuana (didn't his kid have cancer or a brain tumor?)

Christina - posted on 06/10/2011

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I think any illegal activity parents participate in is wrong. If you are choosing to do something that is illegal and are at risk for being arrested, then you are being an unfit parent. And that goes for drinking and driving or taking prescriptions in a way that is not safe.

Tara - posted on 06/10/2011

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Shannen,
There has never been even 1 death attributed to the ingestion or inhalation of marijuana. Not 1. Ever. It's true.
There are however tens of thousands of overdoses, contraindications and deaths stemming from side effects of prescribed medications, not to mention the thousands who die from alcoholism and alcohol related incidences.
http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view....

look at the chart comparing 17 approved "drugs" and the number of deaths compared to pot.
Pot use like using alcohol, or sleeping pills or any other drug that says "can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle" can contribute to death. So yes there may have been some deaths due to people being stoned and injuring or causing accidents that have killed themselves, but it wasn't the pot that killed them.
No one has ever died from sitting at home and getting high, no matter how high they get, you can't overdose on pot.
You might green out and throw up and then fall asleep. But you can't overdose on pot, pot cannot kill you.
Prescription medications can kill you, over the counter medications can kill you, pot cannot kill you.

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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I would much rather a mother use medical marijuana for her issue, then prescription drugs, and I would sure as hell trust someone whos smoked a little pot watch my kids before someone whos had a "few" glasses of wine, or prescription pills to alter their mind set (ie pain killers).





Side Note - I do not smoke pot, and I rarely even have a beer infront of my children.

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"Do you know how many US citizens die each year due to medically approved and prescribed medications? Tens of thousands each year, do you know how many people die from smoking pot? None, ever."

I think what she may have been saying Shannen is that no one has ever OD on marijuana .

Secondly I agree with Tara and I would also like to address JuLeah "Well, anything that distances you from your feelings makes you less as a parent. Less responsive, less involved, less connected, less able to respond in an emergency ...."

It doesnt effect everyone in that way , for some it enhances those feelings , certainly a parent should not smoke if it impairs them but that isnt always the case.

Cynthia - posted on 06/10/2011

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IMO if it is for medical reasons the the pot will actually make being a mom easier. yes she will still be able to function. being high is better then being in pain. the 'high' will allow her the ability to function. wheres the pain makes it impossible. that is my opinion.

Joanna - posted on 06/10/2011

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I turn into a complete fuckwit when I'm high. That's why I always say I'm against parents smoking it while caring for their children. Of course I do understand it affects everyone differently. But why take the chance. I think there needs to be a sober person in charge of children at all times. I won't even take a sip of alcohol if my husband isn't around to help, even though a sip won't affect me, you just never know what could happen. I wont' take any chances with my children's safety.

Do I think parents should use illegal substances? no - there could be an instance where you are questioned about parenting, drug tested, and lose your kids. But if someone has a medical need for it, it's fine, as long as their children are properly cared for.

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I don't feel right on drugs i get on prescription.So i tend to suffer instead.I had to take morphine 2&half years ago after a c-section.I asked for it to be taken out earlier than usual.Have not taken a drug since then.Until now.

So i wouldn't even think about using anything else lol.



Each to there own.Is now i feel.



I hate prescription drugs..damn kidney stone lol..so doped up right now..horrible feeling..beats the pain.:-(

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"Do you know how many US citizens die each year due to medically approved and prescribed medications? Tens of thousands each year, do you know how many people die from smoking pot? None, ever."

I am all for legalizing marijuana but i just can't agree with that statement. I have seen pot send some people stupid so stupid they were paranoid and beyond anyone being able to talk to them and yes the pot is all they had taken. I'm not saying that the numbers would be as high as prescribed medications but there would be some cases.
I have grown up around pot my whole life, funny enough i have never smoked it, and it is a much nicer way to relax then say some alcohol where a lot of people tend to drink to excess and get violent, angry and just far to emotional.

Rosie - posted on 06/10/2011

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tara, i'm all for legalizing pot, not just for medical use. what people put in their body is none of my business. i'd rather have pot legalized than alcohol if i were to have to choose, however i think both should be legal obviously since i'm all for people having the right to do what they want with their own body.
i simply don't think taking care of a child while high is responsible. pot makes me completely loopy. everything starts to spin, i get nauseous, and i want to sleep. hardly condusive to taking care of a child. it may not affect you the same way it does me, i'm sure everyone is different. but to me there needs to be some limit or something, like in alcohol. .08 is the legal limit to breathe in my state. i dont' feel drunk at that amount, but the law says i legally am. i'm sure i am probably impaired somehow and just don't know it. i can't say for sure obviously, but i feel it's that way with people who say pot doesn't affect them. tests prove what is probably the safest limit with alcohol. there should be something like that for marijuana use. did i make any sense, lol?

Johnny - posted on 06/10/2011

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I would not do it. But then I know that marijuana impairs me to a point that I would not properly be able to care for my child. If I needed it for medical reasons though, I would partake while ensuring that I had a responsible party available to look after my child while I was not able. Marijuana makes me extremely paranoid occasionally (not every time) and I think that could make things dangerous. It would not be right for me to smoke it and care for a child. A glass of wine does not really effect me much at all, so I have no concerns about having one with dinner. It's such an individual thing.

I do strongly believe it should be legalized though. I find it laughable that people can stand around getting drunk, belligerent & violent while smoking a cigarette but someone could be arrested for quietly smoking a joint at home on their sofa.

Not all people have the same reaction to drugs (be they marijuana, alcohol, caffeine, prescription RX) as others. For some, they may be just fine caring for a child having smoked pot but could not handle one beer. A friend of mine's husband used to smoke up in the evenings and he was always just fine. But if the man had a glass of wine you practically had to carry him out the door. I saw him care for his kids after smoking and had no concerns.

I think people need to be responsible. What that looks like is different for every person, but for everyone it means that they are capable of handling any twists thrown their way and protecting their kids properly.

Tara - posted on 06/10/2011

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@Dyan,
Being under the influence of pot is not the same as being drunk. There is a HUGE difference actually. Physically, Mentally and Emotional.
Many people who take pain killers on a regular basis, or who are on anti depressants, anti anxiety medications etc. are at more risk of side effects than someone high on pot. Not to mention death.
Do you know how many US citizens die each year due to medically approved and prescribed medications? Tens of thousands each year, do you know how many people die from smoking pot? None, ever.
The difference in physiological response in the body between alcohol and pot is significant. One is a depressant one is a stimulant.
I have anxiety, I have been prescribed anti anxiety medications, if I take one, it relieves my anxiety, but it also leaves me incapable of dealing with life, can't make dinner, hang out with the kids, take them anywhere, teach them anything, or basically function at all: I feel brain dead.
I can smoke a puff from a pipe and feel the same relief of symptoms without any of the side effects, actually the only side effect to the relief of my anxiety is a pleasant mellow buzz... not to bad and much better than all the aforementioned other side effects from the big Pharma company.
And I can function around my kids just fine when I'm high by the way, no problems at all, never have had any. Always capable of reacting to an emergency, always attentive and willing to assist them and teach them and play with them.
And so often our perception of things is clouded by one or two personal experiences or worse than that, the media.
Pot is not an evil drug, it does not leave most people incapable of parenting their children any more than aone or two glasses of wine makes you incapable of parenting yours.

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Exactly my next thought Tasha, I would MUCH rather be on pot than Percoset, or Vicodin, because of the side effects it can potentially have on internal organs. Including addiction.

Tasha - posted on 06/10/2011

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Marina and Sharon, i agree the question should be asked of anyone providing care for kids, heck providing care for anyone for that matter. I guess i couldnt find a catchy way to ask it that way! I think in the end responsibility is the key, i think people justfy the use of rx over pot because of the legality of it, but we are now seeing how tragic a roll some rx are taking on people these days. I wouldnt want someone who is high on anything to take care of my child, personally im more scared of a pill than a plant. Again, responsibility i think is key

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Well, I am all for legalizing pot...so whether it is for medicinal purposes, or recreational, as long as it is used responsibly I say go for it.

Sharon makes a good point....it should be directed at any care taker of children, not just the mother.

Rosie - posted on 06/10/2011

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no i don't believe a mom should unless there is another responsible unhigh adult able to take care of the children. why on earth people think they can get high and then successfully take care of their children is beyond me. it would be the same as someone getting drunk and thinking it's ok to be around their children without anyone else present.

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If it weren't illegal, I wouldn't see it as any different than having a glass of wine/beer, etc. If you have a medical licence to use it, then it's no different than taking any other medication. I don't see any issue with it, other than the current legal issues.

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Why is this limited to the mom only? Couldn't anyone with a legal medical marijuana prescription be able to smopke their weed as long as they smoke it responsibily? I mean by making sure that if you are a child care taker, then have someone mind the child for a few hours. Being a responsible pot smoker by refraining from lighting up in front of your kids and staying home, or in a location that you do not put others in jeopardy like attempting to drive a car. In Arizona, medical pot is now legal. My husband is a mailman, and he now delivers to a pot shop! He shared a conversation he had with the owner about using this drug, like any drug safe & responsibly. Now, I truly feel there is a huge difference between a drug junkie versus a patient using maraijuana for medicinal purposes to relieve pain. If a mom falls into that category, than the responsible thing to do is to find a caregiver for the kids whiel she's using her treatment.

JuLeah - posted on 06/10/2011

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Well, anything that distances you from your feelings makes you less as a parent. Less responsive, less involved, less connected, less able to respond in an emergency ....

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I saw that after my original post and apologize for the misunderstanding. But, on the other hand, I do have depression and anxiety! I have an anti-anxiety med that I take every so often, not even as often as my anxiety attacks. I just don't want to become dependent on them or have all that chemical mess in my body. I just deal with my attacks the best way I can on my own, ie exercise, sleep, read, curl up in the fetal position in a corner (kidding), keep busy or just get away from it all until it passes. Because of it's illegality, I still don't think I'd be able to use pot even if it were prescribed to me. Just a mental block, I suppose. Thank goodness my kids are grown, so I'm no longer responsible for their well-being. However, I do have a grandson who visits quite often, so I'm still minding my p's and q's

Tasha - posted on 06/10/2011

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Adria, i wasnt suggestion someone recreationally using pot, someone with a condition that lets them LEGALLY smoke is what i was saying. And krista, i dont know what conditions you can have that allow you an rx for pot, but how do we know that they are so different than others, like anxiety and depression? Actually those sound like reasons someone might smoke pot. Im not trying to defend pot or rx drugs, just interested to see what others think.

Tara - posted on 06/10/2011

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Yes moms can smoke pot. Whether it's for recreation or medical reasons, I have no issue with it.

That's not to say moms or dads etc. should smoke pot in the presence of children.

But I can parent when I'm under the influence of pot, wouldn't parent under the influence of more than a drink or two.

It's not a hallucinogen, it's not a psychotic nor is it physically addictive. It produces a mild high and has tremendous medicinal properties, has been shown to reduce the size of some types of cancerous tumours and alleviate many symptoms of illnesses and disease.

It can be grown without altering it's natural state and can be used without processing. Every living creature on earth has endo-cannabinoid receptors in every cell in their bodies. This medicine has been around for a long long time.

No biggie to me.

A - posted on 06/10/2011

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Didn't see the medical part of the question before posting. Don't have an opinion on that, but do agree with Krista E, as far as making sure there is someone sober around to take care of things if you are unable.

Krista - posted on 06/10/2011

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My thoughts are that IF you are currently the primary person responsible for your child, that you should not be impaired in any way.

Anti-anxiety drugs or antidepressants are a bit different, in that it is the initial condition, not the medication, that is causing the reduction in function.

So, with regards to medicinal marijuana, if your condition is so severe that you are actually LESS impaired under the influence of marijuana, then so be it. But as a general rule, I think that anybody who is going to be impaired in any way should ensure that someone else is there to be sober and available in case anything happens. So if I feel like having a few glasses of wine, my husband will stop at one. Or vice versa. I never want to be in a situation where there is nobody in my house who has their wits about them sufficiently enough to deal with an emergency.

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As a mom, why would you want to smoke pot? Of course, you CAN, but should you? My opinion is no, mainly because it's illegal. You would not be setting a good example for anyone involved in your life, especially your child. I've never done it, myself, but I feel there are sacrifices you make as a parent, and any selfish (or, again, I stress "illegal") activity is stopped, or at least, put on hold until you've raised your child the best you can. It's a silly, costly and unnecessary habit to begin and a waste of time. Time that could be better spent playing with or teaching your kids!

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