Pot-Smoking Moms Unapologetic About Getting High

These Colorado women want to make smoking weed as socially acceptable as drinking a glass of wine.
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You probably don't expect a nice mom next door to be getting high, but in certain parts of the country, it's now not only legal, it's big business. The weed-friendly entrepreneurs you're about to meet choose marijuana, not merlot, to relax. So, are they the coolest parents on the planet, or is their habit putting their kids at risk? Can you guys work on this together, please? Reporter: By day, she's a busy mom chasing her two sons. Take turns, okay? Reporter: But by night, this is how Jane west likes to let loose. Let's do it! Reporter: Lighting up a joint of Artis Nall marijuana. That's right, like Jane, a 38-year-old entrepreneur, these young moms are unapologetic about getting high. I guess the question is, you know, if you get so high that you can't respond to your kid or you overdose on a brownie and so, then you miss some cue with your kid, I wouldn't want my babysitting smoking pot and watching my kid. Absolutely. I wouldn't want her drinking wine and watching my kids, either. And I really think once we start to understand that this substance is no more dangerous than alcohol -- consumers of cannabis shouldn't be criticized anymore than consumers of alcohol. Reporter: 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 unchartered territory. It's not against the law to get high. But that doesn't mean taking it is socially acceptable. Some are adamant that pot and pearnhood simply don't mix. How would you feel about your kid smoking pot? The same way I would feel if they started drinking alcohol? They need to be responsible. And I truly hope they don't start using substances until they are adults. Reporter: Jane keeps her pot stash locked up tight. I always keep it in my office closet. It's in this container. Reporter: Jane's well aware of the science that says cannabis can harm developing brains. So, she says, she would never smoke marijuana anywhere near her children. But she doesn't draw a firm line about being high in front of them. I don't think my kids should watch me smoke a joint. Reporter: You're not opposed to being a little bit high in front of your kids. I am -- I am hoping that people don't have to answer this question anymore. Because no one gets asked this question about alcohol. Reporter: Despite the controversy, Jane is making it her mission to bring pot out of the shad doles and into the spotlight. If other people were willing to talk about it instead of saying, oh, my god, I was to drunk last night, to be comfortable saying, I was so stoned last night, then more people would be talking about it just as open lip. Reporter: In fact, Jane's 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 a founder of edible events. A company that throws elegant, upscale, weed-friendly parties. It's almost as if pot use is coming out of the closet. I would like for it to come out in a dress and heels. Reporter: But work iing in this brand new industry presents some unique challenges for Jane, when it comes to her 4 and 6-year-old sons. They said it on NPR the other day, they said a story about marijuana and fisher said, marijuana? That's where my mom works! Reporter: Jane is not alone when it comes to moms who get high. And as Brittany driver discovered, the risk comes with higher stakes than just being judged on the playground. Brittany gets high regularly. Oh, Elliott. Reporter: And she's mom to a 2-year-old boy. She's also a local columnist who wrote recently about the very real risk that child protective services can take your kids away if they think you're an irresponsible pot smoker. When you call cps, what you discovered was, even though it's legal, if a parent smokes pot -- They can take my kids. Based on just the fact that it's in my home, which is crazy. Reporter: Colorado child protective services says a parents marijuana use is held to the same standard any alcohol or prescription pills. But critics believe parents that smoke pot are putting their kids at risk. And accusation these moms believe is based on old stereotypes. People in this country think it's not right for a mom to spoke pot. I have gotten backlash from people who identify as stoners saying that moms should not partake. I think a lot of that is based on bad experiences that people have had with people growing up and that's not how it is. Everybody's different. Reporter: But Dr. Margaret hinney at Columbia university has been studying the effects of pot for 20 years. She says the fact that people react differently is precisely the problem. Can a parent efficiently parent while high? Oh, that's really hard to say, because it depends on how tolerant you are, how much you've smoked, heavy smokers can operate fairly well while they're high, because they become tolerant to all the disruptive effects. But you really want to think through what your kids are witnessing, and how your behavior might be changing after you smoke. Reporter: Of course, reck yagsal pot use is still against the law in nearly all of the country. The only exceptions, Washington and Colorado. Here in Denver, legalization has turned the city into a Mecca for a new type of drag queen. $85 for a quarter ounce? Reporter: Jane is something of a pot aficionado. She says different var Ryals help her to be creative and focused or to relax and sleep. Busy mind when you are thinking about, I think tomorrow's wacky water Tuesday, did I pack a swim suit, did I do this, did I leave the keys in the thing and what not -- Reporter: We're having the same conversation at night. It kind of turns it down. Reporter: Jane brought me to the farm. Her favorite dispensary, for a crash course in cannabis. Here, she spends about $40 every two weeks, loading up on locally grown organic weed. But you're like the upscale us user. I think, I mean -- I am who I am, but that's -- yes. Reporter: That's kind of the demo breakdown. Yeah. Reporter: Whether or not you think pot should be legal, even critics believe it's only a matter of time before other states legalize pot, as well. Economists predict in five years, the business of legal marijuana will exceed $10 billion. Which is why Jane 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'm very concerned that outdated, uneducated stereotypes about cannabis users is going to prevent women from entering this market at exactly the time they should. Hay, gey, guys. Reporter: Jane is preparing for the highest profile event of her career. A fund-raiser for the Colorado symphony orchestra here at red rock. This has been five months in the making and there's over 4,000 tickets sold and the seats are filling up. The performance will start in 30 minutes. And I'm -- I couldn't be more excited. I can't believe it's all really happening. ? Reporter: Class call music, brought to you by weed. Without further ado, we would like to thank national cannabis industry association. Jane west and edible events. Reporter: The air is thick with the smell of pot. Nothing new at a concert, yet, no one is smoking openly, because it's still elillegal, even in Colorado, to light up in public. This is so amazing. It's over 4,000 people. And the weather is amazing. Reporter: Jane's hoping that what's happening here will help make smoking dope seem elegant, even refined. And eventually, change the tune

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