Monday, January 27, 2014

Children of pot-smoking parents

There is a lot of confusion about medical marijuana.  That's why Example was glad Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Steve Fox was willing to clarify the murky misunderstandings of medical marijuana at our January event.

In an article in The Atlantic, Leah Allen doesn't discuss the legal ramblings of medical marijuana, she does reveal the toll pot has had on her family.  No victims? Leah Allen would disagree. 
The following four paragraphs are four reasons you need to read Allen's entire article.

There's a lot of discussion about pot right now, as different states push towards legalizing it for medical or personal use. As I listen to the various arguments—about health, morality, criminal justice, personal freedom—they all come back to the same thing for me: Dad, Dad, Daddy. The family element is almost always missing from the debates: What does smoking pot do, not only to users but to their children? 
Growing up, I hated that my dad smoked. Studies have indicated that parents with substance abuse problems can cause economic hardship, legal troubles, emotional distress, and impaired attachment within their families. Children tend to respond with anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, loneliness, confusion, anger, and fear. 
Yet I can be sad. So very little is understood about how marijuana impacts families. I can’t help but thinking that the cool, carefree users of today will be the parents of tomorrow. 
My dad will never stop smoking pot. Sometimes I wonder about the man he might have been, and the lives we all might have had, if he’d never started.