Canadian mothers who are also marijuana consumers have been complaining that they are criticized more than dads who are weed consumers. In the past few months, several organizations have been established to provide mothers with a safe place to discuss marijuana and reduce stigma surrounding moms who use marijuana.
Before the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, Shannon Chiarenza from Vancouver started an attack on stigma against moms who are marijuana users by launching a website known as Weed Mama. Chiarenza’s website gives parents and women information about marijuana, product reviews, and offers them a community where weed consuming mothers can discuss issues affecting them.
Since Chiarenza launched her website, there has been an upsurge of activity of women following in her footsteps, who are hoping to eradicate the stigma surrounding marijuana and motherhood.
Natasha Albert is a mother of two, and she resides in Saskatoon. Albert started recording a podcast called Smoke Rings with Aquarius after she was criticized for using medical marijuana. Her podcast will start airing before the end of January.
Speaking to a major TV channel, Albert said that she uses medical marijuana to treat her depression, which helps her to be a better parent and be involved more with her kids.
Riley Parratt, a single mom, residing in Kingston, Ontario, and her friend Hollie Quinn, a mother and medical marijuana user living in Orangeville founded a Facebook page called Canadian 420 Moms. Quinn has been using medical marijuana for several years to manage epilepsy, depression, and anxiety.
Parratt said that we are in an era where it is socially acceptable for a mother to have a glass of wine; thus, it should also be acceptable for mothers to consume marijuana.
Parratt further said that she was upset by the assumption that mothers who are marijuana users cannot function as a parent after using marijuana. She noted that marijuana helps take the edge off and that they can work like everyone else.
Coming out as a marijuana user for moms may threaten their jobs at their workplace, friendships, and family support. Marijuana stigma surrounding mothers also affects their children’s friendships, said Quinn.
Quinn further said that at the park, kids whose mothers are marijuana users are not allowed to play with other kids nor at their homes.
However, the judgment for consuming marijuana affects women from all walks of life, whether they have kids or not, and it is not fair. She strongly feels that this stigma should come to an end.
Industry watchers assert that the efforts of such women trying to end stigma against mothers who legally use marijuana enjoys the moral support of marijuana companies like Willow Biosciences Inc. (TSX: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF) since Canadian law allows adults and patients, regardless of their gender, to consume marijuana.
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