CALIFORNIA: A Northern California group aims to remove the stigma and legal implications for parents who smoke marijuana.
Dubbed Parents 4 Pot, the group has a Facebook page and will soon launch an educational website. Organizers said they plan to form a board of directors and start advocating legislation.
“What we aspire to do is to change the way people understand and talk about cannabis in our community,” organizer Mickey Martin told The Huffington Post. Martin, a longtime marijuana reform activist, is the author of Medical Marijuana 101 and founded a marijuana edibles company. He is a parent to two boys.
Although Martin has held a longtime passion for marijuana, he became dedicated to reform after facing federal charges related to his company, Tainted Inc. in 2007. He eventually was sentenced to probation for marijuana manufacturing and distribution charges that could have landed him in prison, away from his family, for a decade.
“That was a stark reality,” Martin said. “There are many parents who lose their freedom, or whose children lose their freedom, every day to these policies and laws, and as a society we sit by and watch. It is not okay anymore.”
Martin isn’t exaggerating. While federal authorities have vowed not to go after small-time users, marijuana possession may allow authorities to take a user’s children.
Like other groups, Parents 4 Pot argues that marijuana is safer and less destructive than legal drugs like alcohol, which is largely considered socially acceptable for parents to consume. Martin suggested that marijuana use could improve parenting.