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On my soapbox…

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I’m going to start off by saying, I am not a pot head. Although to be honest, I have smoked some Marijuana, Pot, Weed, MaryJane, Bud (Insert your favorite name here) in my life.

The reason this topic has me on my soapbox today is this…There is a new report out by AAA Foundation that is talking about the number of fatal accidents where the person at fault has MJ in their system have doubled (in WA). I heard about this report on my local news station here in CO, you know because we also have legal MJ here in CO so this must be what we need to report. Now, if you don’t care about what I have to say and you only want to read the report for yourself, the full report can be found on the AAA Foundation’s website, here is the link to the page you can find the full report.

Now, here is my $0.02 on this matter. I really don’t think legal MJ is to blame for more accidents or deaths in the states where it is legal. The report did say that some of these people did not have alcohol in their system but let’s get real, these people could have smoked a couple days ago and still have THC showing up in their system. There is not a test out there that can tell authorities when this person smoked last. All the tests can show is the amount of TCH in their system. Then when you get the media involved in this discussion everything seems go from Ant Hill to Mountain. (not that I am trying to downplay anyone dying in an accident.)

The reason there so much hoopla around this topic is simply because it was once a illegal substance, (still illegal on the federal level…hello federal government, you could pay off the debt in this country if you would just legalize it and tax it…just saying) and now it is legal in some states and people don’t know how to feel about it. So, all the people who refuse to educate themselves about the topic meet at  bar and have some cocktails while DRinkthey complain about this substance that is wreaking havoc in our country. Then they get into their cars, blitzed, and proceed to drive home and possibly kill a person on their way home. Somehow this is okay because alcohol has been legal for a long time.  However, the reports on DUI involving alcohol seem to be swept under the rug each year. I know M.A.D.D. puts out reports each year on this very topic. However, it never make a headline on my local station. Why is it more acceptable for people to drink and drive and not to smoke MJ and drive? Honestly, the MJ I smoked in my day, simply made me hungry then tired. I was not even trying to drive anywhere (thank goodness for Pizza delivery).

These day people use MJ for so much more than just to get high. There are so many studies out there, and an entire hospital devoted to this research in Israel, about the benCW.pngefits of MJ and other products made from MJ. Some of the conditions helped by this product: Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Cancer Pain (some research is using MJ instead of Chemo with success), Anxiety, Glaucoma, and Seizure disorders. In fact there is a strain of Cannabis Oil specifically for children, called Charlotte’s Web. This strain of oil is helping families with children who having so many seizures each day that there was not a good quality to their life and now they might have 1-2 a day and can actually go to school and learn. Tell me how this is a harmful product. If my son’s doc told me that this would help with any condition, you bet I would do anything I could to get my hands on some.

Let’s be real everyone, what we are talking about is a plant that helps people. It helps medically, helps people relax, helps people sleep, and put some tax money back into our state. We need to let go of the stigma and image of potheads because the people you are judging might be your neighbor, co-worker or good friend. Have a great day and if you choose, roll a fatty and smoke up!

Jenni

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Moms, The Good, The Bad and The Tired…

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Being a mom is great. I do love the fun I have with my son. I love the unconditional love I get from him. I would not trade in being a mom for anything. With all that said, the truth is, being a mom is hard. As if being a woman was not hard enough, we decided to bring a new person into this world and our lives got even more complicated.

Now, I can handle all the things in my life I have to do (most of the time) because I have chosen to make these things a priority in my life. I know how busy I want to be and I can handle that. There are things in my world that I don’t take on because I just don’t have the time.

This brings me to the point of the mom shaming. There are moms out there (you know who you are) who make sure everything is perfect. Perfect lunches everyday for your kids (I mean, does your kid really need star shaped cheese in their lunch), perfect snacks with the perfect amount of (or lack there of) sugar for the class. Perfect birthday parties for their children. I mean I really don’t know how these women find the time. I am a full-time working mom and I am just happy to wake up with enough time to make a lunch for my kid and throw a frozen meal in my bag for my lunch (that I might get to busy at work to eat).

I recently saw the trailer for “Bad Moms” a new movie out that is highlighting (in a funny, exaggerated way) the “Mom Battles.” Now this movie looks hilarious and I already have several mom friends planning viewing parties (with cocktails!!) and I can’t wait to see it. However, it does touch on a subject that is near and dear to most of us moms. Why do we feel the need to compete with each other and shame each other if we don’t think they other is good enough? Check out the trailer, beware it is funny and you might need a Poise Pad, just saying!

At the end of the day we will all have those moms in our lives that make us feel inferior because we didn’t breast feed or we breast fed too long, we vaccinated or we didn’t vaccinate, we feed our kids processed food or we are the “all organic” family. My thought is this, if all living beings in my house are alive I feel like my job is done. No disasters happened, everyone is accounted for, everyone was fed (maybe it was fast food, but they ate), everyone is fairly clean, everyone is safe and sound. This feels like a great day to me and I can go to bed and get up tomorrow and do it all over. Let’s all follow Ellen’s advice and “Be Kind To One Another”

Jenni

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