miIn our society many people find themselves in a situation where they need medical help of some kind. That now includes the use of medical marijuana, but those people are looked at with disgust when others see they are parents. Does using marijuana make you a bad parent? My opinion is absolutely NO.
The use of marijuana as a recreational or medical aid has nothing to do with the way you raise or treat your child. If you are a bad parent you are a bad parent, the use of something for your medical help does not necessarily make you a bad person or parent.
That label of bad parent comes in the form of abuse, neglect, and other ways of not caring for this gift that was placed in your life. My biggest question to those who say that a person who uses marijuana is a bad parent, “Do you drink a beer or glass of wine after work?, Do you take prescription drugs?” Most will answer yes to those questions, but the world doesn’t jump up to classify them as bad parents because of their answer.
Now where is the sense in any of that? How many times have you seen a person totally wiped out on the prescriptions their doctors legally gave them, or how many times have you seen someone totally blitzed out of their minds after way too many drinks? And by parents.
Truth is we should be placing more concern on the day to day love and care of each child. They are gifts to us and we need to treat them with that in mind. Yet if you read just one headline a month you will see so many stories of truly bad parenting, where kids are molested, held captive in closets, beaten senseless, and starved. Now where is the logic on not focusing all the attention of bad parenting on those individuals?
Sense seems to have flown from the minds of the world as those children are destroyed by people who are supposed to love and protect them. Then the law and those opposed to marijuana instead only seem to see the virtual smoke in the air around these parents. Where is the true justice for the children? Where is the protection that should surround them?
Smoking a joint does not necessarily contain bad parenting anymore than drinking a beer does. As long as the child is not exposed to the smoke or the alcohol neither should be the entire reason someone is judged as a bad parent. Many MMJ patients have children and love them unconditionally. But those parents are being forced to give up the one natural substance that helps them be better people. When the reality of the situation is that when their pain or anxiety has been treated can these parents not perform their duties to their children in a greater capacity? So why is the world just seeing the smoke rings?
Open your eyes world when someone is beating their child THAT makes them a bad parent. But think how many times you have witnessed a child being mistreated, now think to the times you have done anything about that abuse. Sad fact is that most walk the opposite direction when they see any one being mistreated. They sit in the comfort of their homes and oh & ah about the sad thing going on in the world. So is it not time we instead stop pointing fingers at those who are striving to have a better quality of life through a natural plant and work to make the world a safer place for all children.
Stop stepping over those who have tripped in their way through life and take just a second to lend a helping hand. Is that too much to ask? Or are you going to continue to be among those who point fingers at people who are not harming their children?
Remember those children whose bodies are found murdered and abandoned, remember those children who are molested, raped, and left for dead, remember the children who go to bed (in a box or abandoned building) hungry and cold, remember those who hide in fear of the true BAD parents. Remember the children they are the greatest gift that God brought into this cold cruel world.
Stop pointing your fingers at people who are just trying to be the best parent they can be and open your eyes to those who just seem to be good parents only to hide behind locked doors as they mistreat their babies.