Transcript for Pot-Smoking Moms Unapologetic About Getting High
Together by today she's a busy -- chasing her two sons and take turns OK but -- ninth. This is how Jane west likes to let loose -- and lighting of the joint -- tis no marijuana. That's right like Jane a 38 year old onto ignore these young moms are on apologetic about getting high like this. Question is. You know if you get so high that you can't respond to your kid or you overdose on the brownies and so then you miss some Q with your kid I -- I wouldn't want my baby sitter. -- -- I'm watching my kids and I wouldn't want her drinking wine and watching my kids either. And I really think that once we start to understand that this substance. Is no more dangerous than alcohol consumers of -- shouldn't be. Criticized any more than consumers of alcohol. Forget glasses of wine this is now mommy's little helper. In the nine months since pot became legal here in Denver Colorado moms like Jane have been navigating uncharted territory here. It's not against the -- to get time. The -- doesn't mean taking that total is socially acceptable. In fact some are adamant that pot and parenthood simply don't mix how you feel if -- Kids started smoking pot. I think -- Larry feel that they search and alcohol. But we need to talk about substance -- the need to be responsible and I truly hope that they don't start using substances until they're adults Jane -- -- pot stash locked up tight far from her kids streets so I was has been in my office. It's in this container. James well aware of the science that says -- can harm developing brains so she says she would never smoked marijuana anywhere near her children. But she doesn't draw firm line about being high in front of them. I don't think -- kids should watch means smoke a -- or consume any form public combustible substances but you're not opposed to being. A little bit -- for their kids. IA and I am hoping. That people don't have to answer this question anymore. Because no one gets asked this question about alcohol. Despite the controversy Jane is making it her mission to bring pot out of the shadows and into the spotlight. If other people are willing to talk about instead of -- -- my set -- last night it is comfortable saying. -- us on last night. And more people would be talking about it this is openly -- -- actually leading the charge to turn pot. Posh she's not only convinced this is the beginning of the end of pot prohibition nationwide. She wants to spread the word as the founder of and -- -- of hands. The company does founded -- -- throwing elegance of -- -- friendly parties it's almost as this pot use -- closet and I'd like its mother closet and then. Jackson -- Angola threatening -- -- in this brand new marijuana industry presents some unique challenges for Jane negative. When it comes to her four and six year old sons they set it on NPR the other -- is that -- a story about marijuana. And -- said. What does and I'm -- -- Jane is not alone when it comes to moms who get high and -- Brittany driver discovered the risk comes with higher stakes than just being judged on the playground -- Britney gets high regularly. Alli -- and she's mom to a two year old boy. She's also a local columnists who wrote recently about the very real risk the Child Protective Services. Can take your kids away if they think you're an irresponsible pot smoker when you called CI guess what you discovered was that. Even though it's legal if a parent smokes pot. Even though that -- they can threaten. Based on just the fact that it's even in my home which is crazy. Colorado Child Protective Services tells us that a parents' marijuana use is held to the same standard as alcohol or prescription pills. But critics believe parents who smoke pot are putting their kids at risk. An accusation these moms believe is based on old stereotypes. A -- -- if people in this country think that it's. Not right for mom to smoke pot my right eating people I have even gotten backlash from. People who identify its donors saying that moms should not partake. I think a lot of based on. That experiences that people -- packed with people growing up and that's not how it is everybody's different. But doctor Margaret Cheney of the marijuana research lab at Columbia University has been studying the effects of -- for twenty years she says the fact that people react differently is precisely the problem we can't let parents efficiently -- While high. -- that's that's really hard to say because it depends on how tolerant you are how much you smoked you know heavy smokers can and operate fairly well. While -- -- high because they become tolerant to all the disruptive effects but again you really want to think through what your. Your kids are witnessing and how your behavior might be changing your do your smoke. Of course recreational pot use is still against the law in nearly all of this country the only exceptions Washington and Colorado. Here in Denver legalization -- turned this city into America for a new type of drag queen 85 dollars per cent -- quarter -- Jane is something of -- pot aficionado. She says different Bryant -- helper to be creative and focused or to relax and -- It's -- busy mind. When nearly about a night and you're thinking about -- I think miles wacky water Tuesday that Pakistan senior executives and only got to leave the keys in the thing in one you don't have time to sit com. And ourselves -- this is an. Turns back down tests intensified yes. -- brought me to the far her favorite dispensary for a crash course in candidates. Canada are countries. Here she spends about forty dollars every two weeks loading up on locally grown organic -- But -- like the upscale user you're the upscale mommy answer I think I mean I thought I am but that yes as clean as the demo breakdown. Whether or not think pot should be legal even critics believe it's only a matter of time before other states legalize pot as well economists predict -- Five years the business of legal marijuana will exceed ten. Dollars which is why -- founded a ladies networking group called women grow. To encourage others to get in on the ground floor. The end of prohibition is inevitable in this country there is so much potential for this industry and I am very concerned. That outdated uneducated stereotypes about him this users is gonna prevent women from entering this market at exactly the time that they -- Hey guys that if I'm second -- what do you as annoying here tonight. In fact Jane is busy preparing for the splashy -- highest profile vented her career a fund raiser for the Colorado symphony orchestra. Here at the upscale concert venue known as -- -- this been like five months in the making and that's -- 4000 tickets -- and the -- are -- up. And this performance will start thirty minutes. And since I didn't get -- excited. I can't -- -- having. Classical music brought to you bye week. Without further ado we like to -- bank corporation. National -- industry association. -- Winston and lewdness. The air is thick with the smell of -- Nothing new at a concert yet no one is smoking openly because it's still illegal even in Colorado and delighted in public. Hoping that what's happening here will help make smoking dope -- -- Even refined and eventually changed to.
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