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New York Mom Hits the Weed to Cope With Work and Wee One

The word stoner doesn't necessarily conjure up the image of a working woman with a kid, but some mothers find that smoking a bowl allows them to find better balance between career and child. A recent article in Marie Claire included an interview with mama Rachel Murphy, who routinely inhales after she puts her young daughter to bed. In order to secure an insurance policy, the New Yorker had to resort to chugging Ready Clean, which her husband was none to thrilled about. The story said:

The white-knuckle experience became a major source of tension in her marriage, Murphy concedes, so she stopped smoking for a while. But it didn't last. "I'm sorry, but I have a stressful job, I have a baby. I need to unwind somehow, and I don't really like to drink," she grumbles. So, while hanging out with married friends, most of whom are also parents, Murphy will occasionally join in when one pulls out a baggie and starts prepping a bowl. "I got kind of uptight," she says of her weed-free phase. "And my husband was like, 'Actually, I liked you better when you smoked.'"

While some people prefer their children smoke instead of drink and 54 percent of lilsugar readers said parents' bad habits were less offensive when they weren't around their kids — what's your opinion of mommies indulging in marijuana?
Source: Flickr User dana.ocker

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SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
There is a difference between a pot smoker and a pothead - just like there is a difference between an occasional drinker and a drunk. Please dont stereotype. I come home and have a single glass of wine after work. Whats the difference between what I am doing and what the woman in this article is doing?
badkitty badkitty 7 years
I do not see anything wrong with someone smoking after work, when their kids are asleep. I think education is important with any and all drugs and alcohol. Smoking to relax is no different then coming home and have a few glasses of wine or a few drinks. To say that "You have no idea how ridiculous you look, sound, and smell", applies to people who drink to me as well. Moderation is the key here. Pot smokers are not all "lazy" either. Stereotype much? Our kids are going to grow up and experiment, it's silly to think that we are all going to have perfect kids who grow up to be perfect adults who are not going to try pot, or alcohol. I smoked a lot of pot when I was younger and I never once got addicted to any other drugs because of pot, and I never drank either....I would much rather my kids smoked pot then got into meth or coke...
iknowitall iknowitall 7 years
I agree, with the third post. The last thing I want to teach my children is that one needs any form of medication to relieve the stresses and hardships of life. I want my children to always enjoy life as it is; not the altered perception of reality you get when you are high. I am twenty-two years old and know many people who smoke weed. They aren't willing to admit it, but marijuana makes you lazy and they DO NOT function at a normal level. Parents who smoke weed are irresponsible. Your kids will relaize what you are doing one day, and will either be devastated or inclined to try it for themselves. And cannabis IS a gateway drug. What kind of parent would risk their child falling into a pattern of drug use that can lead to much stronger and more harmful substance abuse? Weed is also an expensive habit. So while teaching your children the value of money, don't forget to include the cost it takes to feed your ADDICTION. Because, weed is addictive. I don't know how many people I know who say it isn't, but could not quit to save their lives. Go ask someone who used to be a habitual weed smoker, and got "off" it. They will tell you just how addicting it is.
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