Can Good Parents Use Marijuana?

 Posted by on July 19, 2016  Opinion
Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016

I was a good parent living in suburban NJ.  I had a classic life – two and a half kids, a dog, and a white picket fence.  I was a runner and avid yogi.  I had a respected career as a hospice nurse and belonged to the PTO/PTA.   I loved my kids more than life and strived to raise responsible, healthy humans that would positively impact the world.  I was a good parent.

An injury while working as a hospice nurse altered my life.  I suffered a permanent spinal injury.  I tumbled into darkness.  I lost my career, my wellness, and my passions.  I had major surgery, tried countless traditional and complementary therapies, and accrued endless bottles of heavy pharmaceuticals.

All I had left was being a good parent, and even with that, I struggled.  I endured brutal side-effects of prescribed medications while simultaneously suffering from excruciating pain.

Yet, when medical marijuana was suggested, I balked.  I would not – could not – be a pothead.  I was a parent, a good parent.  Good parents can’t use pot, can they?

My desperation grew.  My own mother helped me find the courage to try medical marijuana.

When I experienced incredible (nothing short of miraculous) medical results, I knew I had to share my story with other parents.   Marijuana did not make me a bad parent.  Marijuana made me a better parent than I’ve ever been before!

Good parents do use marijuana.

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About Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill is a marijuana mommy blogger at She's a registered nurse passionate about holistic health and family wellness. She’s also a medical marijuana patient and advocate in NJ. Her work has appeared on GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Redbook, and more.
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