Middle schoolers are not best known for their critical thinking and ability to based decisions on predicted consequences. This makes schools with zero-tolerance drug policies a tough sell for me at this age level–especially with that zero-tolerance extends to even ‘pretend’ versions of the drug in question. More
An Oregon hospital is under fire from an angry mother who was asked to sign a waiver stating that she was aware of the risks of breastfeeding her infant while smoking marijuana. The mother, Crystal Cain, says that she was not allowed to breastfeed until she signed the form. I say, “Yes. And the problem is…?”
A weed edibles company in Colorado is being sued…for marketing to kids. More
I know parents everywhere love their children and they think that their special snowflakes are never in the wrong, even when they are allegedly whipping out a baggie full of the weed (Yes, I meant to say THE WEED) in the middle of class to bashbrag (I also made this word up, and it means to show off your weed) to all of their little friends. Tempers are running HIGH (see what I did tharrrrr?) at Santa Monica High (That was unintentional) because longtime science teacher and wrestling coach Mark Black has been placed on leave pending an investigation. More
Today’s marijuana industry in Colorado has become a family affair—specifically, medical marijuana. The number of children and young adults on the medical marijuana registry in Colorado greatly increased in 2013, based on state Department of Public Health and Environment data. More
With more and more states considering legalizing marijuana, I’m not concerned with how this will affect the future drug talks I will have with my teenagers. In fact – although I will surely press for not experimenting with anything – if they are going to experiment with drugs during their teens, my fingers are crossed that it’s marijuana instead of alcohol. More
Though I have never been a fan of the big cheeba cheeba myself (the few times I did it in college made me feel positively craptastic), I do think it should be legalized. Not only is it harmless when used for recreation, but it seems to have medical value that scientists are just now starting to truly understand. The big question that has been coming up lately, however, is whether giving sick kids the ole’ Fatty Boombalaty is a good idea.
Hey parents! Feel free to talk about your drug habits if you are rich and white. If you live in Beverly Hills, you can give yourself and your high friends a cute little name, like the “Marijuana Moms” did. Then you can talk about how ingesting huge amounts of marijuana and taking massive bong hits makes you a better parent. FYI – not recommended if you live in a state that hasn’t legalized medical marijuana or if you are poor. More
My husband and I have gone over this a million times. Sometimes he says he’s done, he’s just going to quit. But then he follows up with this self-indulgent request to “please be understanding if I’m not in the best mood for a few days.” I have heard that proclamation so many times it’s laughable. Now, whenever he says he’s quitting, I just stay quiet and continue with whatever I’m doing. More
A bit of faux-outrage has hit the Internet today following the “revelation” that Snoop Lion likes to blaze with his 18-year-old son Corde Calvin Broadus, and probably has since he was wee. This information comes via photos Corde posted to his Twitter account, as well as common fucking sense, based on what we know about Snoop Dogg. More
Bad news for those of you who sometimes indulge in a little pot smoking, scientists believe that marijuana can alter genes and biological signals necessary for a healthy pregnancy. More
Last week, we talked about all kinds of Mommy Wars. The traditional working vs. stay-at-home is always popular. New Mommy Wars have emerged, like the Super Mom vs. slacker mom. I talked about the age conflict going on in the fertility waiting room. Free-range vs. attachment, tradionalist vs. co-parenting, extra-curricular activist vs. marketing-challenged “slow family. Really, there are a million ways for moms to divide themselves. But today a controversy erupted that has no business being debated. Pot-shaped candy. More
Any time I’ve heard of or dealt with Child Protective Services, the case always seem to be too little, too late. So often, we hear about the children who weren’t taken away in time. We hear the horror stories of parents who were reported on but never actually observed. As a person who has worked with inner-city children, I’ve seen abuse and neglect go on long after CPS has been contacted. It’s gotten so bad that one friend warned me against contacting Child Protective Services at all. “You’ll just be getting your hopes up. The child has to land in the hospital before they’ll even make a visit to the house.”
So imagine my surprise when people were charging that CPS was overstepping their bounds! They’re doing too much? Are you sure? More
How seriously do parents have to mess up before the state takes their children away? If you live in New York, not much. The New York Times reports on how trace amounts of marijuana — not enough to even charge a parent with a misdemeanor — could be enough to get the state to seize your children.
The Times tells the story of Penelope Harris, who had a third of an ounce of pot in her apartment last year. The long story short is that her son spent a week in foster care and her niece, who was living with her as a foster child, was placed in another home and not returned to her for more than a year. She had no criminal record and had never before been investigated by child welfare but she had to weather a lengthy child neglect inquiry. More