This post has been updated from March 2011 to October 2018 as a reflection of changes that are happening in our government. Thank you for reading!
I came across such an article this week and wanted to share to get your thoughts on the matter. The story revolves around a young couple who went through a living hell after discovering their child had a seizure and they rushed him to the hospital and the hospital mixed up the urine samples.
Maybe the story outraged me because I have dealt with social services in the past myself. My cousins baby was taken from her because the father shook the child. She was nowhere near her son at the time and yet was charged with child endangerment.
Maybe the story rubbed me wrong because the hospital made a mistake, and I know all about mistakes that can be costly. While diagnosing our son, a test they did came back positive for cystic fibrosis. It was a mix-up. Our son has cerebral palsy because of hospital neglect. So again I can relate to what this family went through.
Or maybe it’s because I think it’s utterly ridiculous that parents should have their child taken from them because they are suspected of smoking marijuana.
With the legalization of Marijuana coming in the next few days, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with parents who smoke weed. I think communication is the number one thing that is important.
I have always been open and honest with my kids about the drugs I have used in the past. Like these parents in this youtube video explaining why they smoke weed. Parents need to be prepared for the questions that are going to come.
I do not smoke weed, not anymore but I did do it in my twenties and thirties. Weed makes me feel paranoid. I also don’t drink. Having bipolar disorder the use of weed or alcohol just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle.
However, 3.4 million Canadians use cannabis.
Not really shocking, right?
Do you think that parents should have their children taken from them for smoking weed?
I know several parents. Good parents that are loving, kind, responsible and with steady jobs who come home and indulge in smoking a joint to help them relax, unwind, and deal with their day. Do I think they should have their kids taken from them for it?
I think as adults we need to be responsible for ourselves and it’s our bodies and our minds if we choose to smoke marijuana that is our right. There are way more harmful things out there besides marijuana, take smoking cigarettes for instance. I never got hooked to smoking weed. I have been smoking cigarettes, however, since I was thirteen years old and I’m addicted.
But smoking is legal and weed is not. At least (not yet.)
Is a parent a bad role model for smoking pot?
As the Today’s parent article I linked to above points out… nobody bats an eye when moms throw up wine meme’s on Facebook, but talk about smoking pot and suddenly you should be thrown to the masses as the worst parent in history.
I don’t believe there is anything wrong with parents who smoke pot. I think what is wrong is having a stigma against it.
We need to be talking. We need to educate our kids. Weed isn’t a gateway drug. People use drugs for many different reasons. Some for pain. Some to avoid life. Some because they are addicted to other drugs and enjoy that feeling of euphoria that comes along with the territory. But smoking weed never made me do cocaine or heroin or any other drug I may have been curious about growing up.
It’s a choice people make.
I do not think good parents, good people who choose to smoke cannabis should have their kids yanked from them simply because they smoke pot. I also believe parents will benefit themselves and their kids if they are honest about their pot smoking pasts with their kids.
It’s a statistical fact now thatto help them relax, settle after a long day at work and deal with depression in an economic time where medications are too costly and are more harmful to the body.
Again it will be interesting to see what happens. Smoking marijuana becomes legal in Canada as of today’s date October 17th, 2018. I don’t think it will be a huge celebration as people have been smoking it anyway (legal or not).
But it will open doors for more communication, responsibility and perhaps even more medical experimentations to help sickness in both children and adults.