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Behind Closed Doors – Diary Of An MJ Mom


Marijuana doesn’t define who I am. I see it more as a personal indulgence. Like that great pair of shoes you just have to have.

By MJ & Me

When a friend asked me to write a post for the launch of MJ Moms, sharing my “mommy POV” on the latest happenings in Washington state and across the country on the subject of marijuana legalization as it relates to our children, I found myself going back in time to when my 8 year old son asked me if I ever smoked pot.  What was I to say?  To admit at the time I had smoked what was considered an illegal substance was worrisome, as I did not want my son to model my behavior down the road.  So I did what any loving mother would do – I denied it.

A few years later at 12 years of age, he popped the question again.  This time I thought of President Clinton’s, “I smoked marijuana, but I didn’t inhale “ comment and responded to my son with something I felt was acceptable “I tried it… but didn’t like it.”   Now he’s 16, living in the state of Washington where marijuana is legal – and I’m waiting for the inevitable question to be asked again.

But this time things are different. He’s older, more mature and much more exposed to alcohol and drugs through his social circles and the media.  Yet admitting to this after so many years of denying it…put’s me in an uncomfortable situation. What’s a mother to do…?

My relationship with MJ has been my little secret for a long time. Just like there are secret eaters (like my mother, who would sit at the dinner table ingesting small portions of leafy greens with a “look at me, I’m eating healthy” smile on her face, only to find her late in the evening face planted in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s). Or the secret shoppers (you know who you are ;-) hoarders of shoes, clothing, make up and/or kitchen appliances to name a few… Well, I guess one could say I’m a secret smoker. I’ve been enjoying MJ on and off since the age of 14 and today at 51, I’m living in the state of Washington and indulging once again – but this time it’s legal.

Only a few of my close and personal friends know. It’s not that I’m ashamed, but it’s most certainly NOT something I wear on my sleeve either.  I’m convinced there’s still a strong stigma out there about people who partake in MJ – and imagine some of these folks are in my social circles, and are either just too naïve about the subject, or have formed very strong negative opinions about this controversial substance.

That being said, I don’t consider myself a hardcore radical MJ mom.  Marijuana doesn’t define who I am. I see it more as a personal indulgence. Like that great pair of shoes you just have to have. I just want to make sure I’m allowed to enjoy it as an adult, and if there comes a day when my son or my stepchildren end up having a relationship with MJ, I want to make sure they are safe as well.

Here’s a snap shot of my relationship with MJ:

  • I’ve been a fan since my early teens, and participated recreationally on and off throughout my life.
  • I enjoy MJ – it takes the edge off, like a nice glass of Chianti, or perhaps for some…that much needed Xanax or Valium (neither my drug of choice).
  • I’m a social marijuana smoker. Rarely have I purchased. Just happy to participate.
  • I don’t enjoy the combination of MJ and alcohol. My preference is that the vices are kept separate.
  • I don’t feel comfortable driving under the influence of MJ. I just move too slowly.
  • Moto – never ever go to work on MJ; only partake in the evenings, weekend and never around the kids.

In the end, I’m just a mom (and business executive) who occasionally enjoys hanging out with Mary Jane.  While decriminalization of MJ is kicking in, I’m still not sure if I’m ready to open up Pandora’s box to let my son or certain friends in my close social circles in…just yet ;-)

So my question to all you MJ moms out there – at what age did you tell your kids about your relationship with MJ? And do all your friends know?

Sublime — I Smoke Two Joints


“She was living in a single room with three other individuals. One of them was a male and the other two, well, the other two were females. God only know what they were up to in there. and furthermore Susan, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that all four of them hibitually smoked marijuana cigarettes… reefers”
I smoke two joints in the morning.
I smoke two joints at night.
I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright
I smoke two joints in time of peace, and two in time of war
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints,
and then I smoke two more

Smoked cigarettes ’til the day she died, toke a big spliff of some good sensimillia smoked cigarettes ’til the day she died toke a big spliff of some good sensamill…” “Easy-E were ya ever caught slippin’ Hell no!

Daddy he once told me “son you be hard workin’ man” and Mamma she once told me “son you do the best you can”
but then one day i met a man who came to me and said
i’ve worked good
and i’ve worked fine
but first take care of head

Festive Crowd Gathers To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of Olympia Hempfest


WASHINGTON: Mellow was the mood as the dedicated followers of cannabis converged onto Heritage Park — a modest chunk of field in the shadows of the gilded dome of the Washington State Capital building — for the first day of the 10th Anniversary of  Olympia Hempfest.

There will be many cannabis celebrations happening this summer, but it is important to remember that Olympia Hempfest was the first such event when it debuted a decade ago.  These days, however, Olympia Hempfest is overshadowed by Seattle Hempfest — an hour north and three weeks away. While the Seattle festival expects to attract upwards of 100,000 attendees, a mere 2,500 will stop by Heritage Park this weekend.

For many of the Washington-based vendors and exhibitors, today and tomorrow serve as a dress rehearsal for “the largest hemp festival in the country” next month.

booth at Olympia Hempest

booth at Olympia Hempest

Real Legalization was circulating a petition in support of home growing, sharing and amnesty

Real Legalization was circulating a petition in support of home growing, sharing and amnesty

Still, there was plenty to see, eat and do. A giant stage offered speakers and live music, though the posted schedule was more suggestion than strictly adhered agenda. Many in attendance spread out blankets on the lawn to enjoy the weather, or strolled along the bench-lined waterfront path.

Hundreds in tee-shirts, shorts and bandanas browsed the dozens of exhibitor booths that ringed the waterfront park.  Beneath green leaf-emblazoned banners and neat tables of  symmetrically laid-out marijuana-related merchandise, grizzled vendors stood next to pierced-and-tattooed Kush Girls hawking their wares.

And while every manner of pipe,  bong and beautifully-crafted glassware items were on display and for sale — you could not buy the herb itself at Olympia Hempfest.  The voters of Washington State may have overwhelmingly passed a law legalizing recreational marijuana in November, 2012, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board won’t release final regulations until next month, and weed won’t be available in stores until sometime in 2014.

So instead, local political activists like Keith Henson, Director of the Pierce County chapter of NORML and Jared Allaway for Initiative 584, circulated petitions, recruited volunteers and solicited donations for the next phase of reform.

Real Legalization booth

Real Legalization booth

Libertarians call for Jury Nullification in Marijuana trials

Libertarians call for Jury Nullification in Marijuana trials

Vendor Olympia Hempfest

Vendor Olympia Hempfest

Kush Girls and Booth Babes shared the venue with veteran activists from NORML, and the Libertarian Party.

Kush Girls and Booth Babes shared the venue with veteran activists from NORML, and the Libertarian Party.

Bongs, pipes and all manner of glassware was available at Olympia Hempfest

Entertainment included performances by The Herbivores, Troupe O WA belly dancers, Unhailoed, Corson Swift, C*F*A (Cody Foster Army).

Scheduled speakers included Jodie Emery, John Davis, Cat Jeter, Steve Phun, Jared Allaway, Kitty Miller, Vivian McPeak, Paul Stanford, John Parr, Brian Stone, Justin Kover, Gideon Israel, Joe Grumbine, Julia Peter McWilliams Tribute, Ed Saukkooja, Kristin Flor, Adam Assenburg, Jeremy Miller, Melissa Hysom and Sharon Whitson.

The 5th of November


The 5th of November by therealshawnshawn
The 5th of November, a photo by therealshawnshawn on Flickr.

On November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes of England tried to blow up Parliment. He was caught and executed as a traitor. Later this day became a holiday in England supporting political freedom.

In the movie, V for Vendetta, the future UK is overtaken by a fascist type government that experiments on its own population to become powerful and rich. A victim of this crime vows vengance on the leaders. He chooses November 5th to overthrow the leadership via terrorist actions and inspiring the English to overthrow their own government in one year.

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