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I’m a Cannabis-Using Mom. How Should I Talk to My Kids About Legalization?

  • Journalist and mother to an almost two-year-old child, Michelle Bilodeau has growing concerns on how to properly educate her daughter on Cannabis usage.
  • Alison Gordon,  CEO of 48North Cannabis Co assures: “…demystifying cannabis and not creating an aura of mystery and excitement around it,” will help remove taboo element.
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I am a journalist living in Toronto who covers fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics. I smoked my first joint in my parent’s garage when I was 17 and they were away for the weekend. (Sorry, mom and dad!). Since then, I’ve treated cannabis as a fun escape on the weekends, on occasion indulging during the week.

I waffle between total transparency and not wanting to normalize it so much that she thinks it’s underage consumption is okay.

In the past year, cannabis has begun to play a role in my career. I’ve learned more about the industry and how it’s going to change the country once legalization hits (either sometime this summer or fall). I’ve also digested information about different strains and the benefits that cannabis can have medicinally.

But one thing still has me stumped: How am I going to broach the subject of cannabis with my daughter? Thankfully, she is only a year and a half old, so I have some time, but it is something that I think of often.

My father-in-law uses cannabis medicinally, so it will be in her life. My husband and I vape almost every weekend after she has gone to bed. However, we have no issue with cracking open a beer in front of her on Friday afternoons, which I realize is a bit hypocritical of us. The fact the ‘beer’ was perhaps her tenth word is an entirely different issue regarding our parenting skills. (I’m sure she’ll be fine, right?)

I waffle between total transparency and not wanting to normalize it so much that she thinks it’s okay for her to start the habit of consuming when she is young and her…

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