by Angela Bacca, Media Director of Green Aid
Recently, there has been a confounding media frenzy on the sensationalized phenomenon of “marijuana moms,” women who smoke cannabis to get through the stress of being a parent. The comparison is a familiar one, of “mother’s little helpers,” blatant references to 1960s housewives who would take a Valium or a Quaalude to ease the burden of having to abandon their careers to wade through the snot, diapers and soccer practices that come with being a parent.
These news stories have appeared everywhere, and while I am happy to see marijuana and parenting being discussed in the mainstream media, unfortunately the focus is in the wrong place, a damaging place to those parents who cannot afford to make light of the issue.
This isn’t the world we live in today and the underlying fallacy in making that comparison is that it diminishes the reality of the Drug War—the longest war in American history, and is the only one being fought by the government against all of its people. […Read More]