'Marijuana Moms' of Beverly Hills Smoke Weed to Deal with Parenting

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Mothers in Beverly Hills, Calif. have come together as a group to fight the perception that marijuana and parenting are a bad combination.

The "marijuana moms" meet regularly to smoke the drug together and try new strains. They say the drug is good for parenting, as it helps them unwind and focus more.

Most of the women are married with young children, and some are wealthy stay-at-home moms. One is a police officer.

"We've all come up against people who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it," Cheryl Shuman, 53, said. 

"I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use."

Shuman said smoking marijuana is similar to taking "mother's little helper" pills in the '60s. 

"Taking marijuana is just the same, it helps us get through the day," she said. 

Shuman throws marijuana parties once a month for her friends so they can try new strains of the drug. David Schanhals, Beverly Hills chef, was hired for one of the parties.

January Thomas, 37, is a mother who smokes five times a day. She said the drug is so important to her that she has started teaching her kids about it.

"Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent. It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems," she said.

"I want her to understand the benefits of cannabis so I read her books like 'Mommy's Funny Medicine' and 'It's Just a Plant' to teach her."

All of the mothers have one thing in common: they all started smoking because they wanted to overcome or manage chronic pain and illness.

Shuman started after she beat ovarian cancer in 2011. Thomas has early-onset arthritis and mother Simmi Dhillon is still in pain after a car crash a decade ago.

Sources: Daily Mail, Huffington Post