It has been a long held complaint that women, especially mothers who use marijuana suffer more stigma than men. To combat this, Canadian mother Shannon Chiarenza launched her website https://weedmama.ca shortly after legalization, but the battle continues.
“Hollie Quinn, founder of the 420 Moms Facebook page said while coming out as a cannabis user may threaten mothers’ jobs, friends, and family support, one of the most important factors poisoned by stigma is children’s friendships.”https://www.leafly.ca/news/lifestyle/canadian-moms-fight-cannabis-stigma
Some parents won’t let their children play with kids whose parents consume cannabis but have no problem if their parents drink alcohol. Go figure.
We’re glad to see people , especially mothers confronting cannabis stigma head on. Weed Mama is a great resource for all parents who consume cannabis and who want help talking to their kids about it. There are also a whole host of other resources for parents popping up around the internet.
Mom Apie Binkley, 33, said judgment from other people is what motivated her to create Stoner Moms, a Facebook community that’s amassed nearly 24,000 followers since its launch in 2011.
“My kids aren’t sitting next to me and getting a ‘contact high,’ I don’t have bongs sitting out masquerading as flower vases, and I’m not gonna offer the neighborhood kids a hit from my bowl, We aren’t lazy, our houses aren’t piles of messes everywhere because we’re too busy smoking.”https://www.insider.com/moms-using-marijuana-stigma-judgment-2019-3
Have you faced this sort of stigma? Let us know in the comments.
Great resources on Cannabis for Parents
- https://weedmama.ca/ – Weed Mama
- Heretohelp.bc.ca: A Parent’s Guide To Cannabis And Youth
- Healthlink.bc.ca: Cannabis related parenting articles
- vsb.bc.ca: Cannabis corner: Vancouver School Board resources for youth, caregivers, teachers and parents
- https://www.facebook.com/canadian420moms/ 420 Moms Facebook Group
- https://www.facebook.com/stonermommy/ Stoner Mommy Facebook Group