Queen of the Day The Marijuana Moms of Beverly Hills (NSFW) Parry Ernsberger

Momma’s got a brand new bag — of marijuana, that is.

Forget book clubs, Bridge and, ahem, potluck get-togethers. A group of middle-aged women in Beverly Hills have added a little green to their routine with dimebags and dinner parties instead. In California, pot is legal with a prescription and can be used to help with chronic pain. But instead of smoking alone, this group of ladies likes to puff-puff-pass during monthly dinners, where one woman has hired a top chef to help prepare pot-infused gourmet dishes (including cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes).

Some of the women are married (one to a police officer), some have kids and all of them believe in the healing powers of the wacky grass. Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old “marijuana mom” with two kids says,

“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.”

Another mother, 37-year-old January Thomas, says that she smokes up to 5 times a day while spending time at home with her two-year-old daughter, Zeena.

“Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent,” Thomas says. “It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems.”

Thomas, a part-time bartender and pro-cannabis activist, wants her daughter to grow up knowing about the benefits of the drug and regularly reads her books like, Mommy’s Funny Medicine and It’s Just A Plant to help with Zeena’s, uh, higher education.

Moms of HG, what do you think about mixing pot with parenting? Just say no or smoke it if you got it?

Featured image via DailyMail.co.uk

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  1. I wonder, if your an individual with chronic anxiety or depression and a little puff of mj throughout the day brings you to a healthier equilibrium, I cant see that as being a problem. If your getting “stoned” that’s a whole different ball park. But I highly doubt shes getting that high. Why would you publish that in an article?

  2. Hi all! Thanks for your comments. I feel like it should be mentioned that all of the women in the club “say they started ingesting marijuana as a way to manage chronic pain and illness” (such as ovarian cancer and early-onset arthritis), according to the original article — It’s not purely recreational.

    parry ernsberger | 6/19/2013 07:06 pm
  3. This was such a fun article to read. I think it’s important that people understand that not all mom’s that smoke marijuana are hippies or stoners or drug addicts. Responsible marijuana users are very productive members of society and most of the time, you would never know they partake in the drug unless you blatantly asked them. Although, I do think 5 times a day is a bit excessive. I think it should be looked at like an occasional beer after the kids go to bed.

  4. January sounds like she needs a wake-up call. Five times a day? While hanging out with your CHILD? what the actual hell.

  5. What the?! No thanks not for me. I hope if they do partake, they stay at home and not go out and drive. I’ll stick to getting high off the love and joy of my children. And the smell of downy soap. :-)

  6. Mj is great for medicinal purposes and even an excess of stress, but I would hope that parents don’t have to rely on using it in order to “get in the moment” with their kids.

  7. This is interesting haha. I’m not a mom, but I’m a woman. I don’t personally smoke because it makes me feel really sick, but I don’t have a problem with it when other people do. I say as long as they aren’t driving with their children while they’re high then it’s probably fine. It could add a different, more fun perspective to parenting and playing with their kids.