Meet the marijuana moms of Beverly Hills.

Meet the marijuana moms of Beverly Hills.

VicesJune 18, 2013

To hell with the "Real Housewives of Orange County," meet the marijuana moms of Beverly Hills, a group of moms set out to show the world that just because you're a mom and wife, doesn't mean you have to stop smoking marijuana. From lavish cannabis-infused lunches to bong rips at happy hour, these moms indulge in the finer things of cannabis while maintaining their daily activities.

'We've all come up against people who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it,' Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old mother of two, said.

'I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use.'

The moms admit smoking up to five times a day but also emphasize that it helps them go about the daily stresses of being a mother and wife and in some cases, helping them be a better parent. Schuman compares regular marijuana usage to that of the 1960's when mother's had the help of valium or the "mother's little helper" pill. 

But Schuman doesn't stop there. Each week she hosts an elegant dinner party featuring a wide variety of cannabis menu items designed by top Beverly Hills chef David Schanhals such as cannabis leaf salad, fried chicken in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes. 

As the Dailymail goes on to describe:

After the meal, the women gather to sample new strains of marijuana and smoke together.

January Thomas, 37, says she smoke marijuana five times a day while she looks after her two-year-old daughter Zenna. She said the drug has become such an important part of her life that she's starting to teach her daughter about it.

'Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent. It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems,' she said.

'I want her to understand the benefits of cannabis so I read her books like 'Mommy's Funny Medicine' and 'It's Just a Plant' to teach her.'

Thomas, a part-time bartender, also takes Zeena to pro-pot rallies with her fiance Magic Ellington - who goes by the name Henry Hemp.

Simmi Dhillon, 40, says marijuana saved her marriage. She was near divorce from her police officer husband of 14 years when she smoked pot for the first time.

'I was able to be the wife I wanted to be once again and it saved our marriage,' she said.

'Now I can talk to my 10-year-old son about drugs and be completely honest about it.

'Before I was like a zombie on prescription medication - now he's got his mom back.'

All of the women say they started ingesting marijuana as a way to manage chronic pain and illness.

Shuman overcame ovarian cancer in 2011. Thomas suffers from early-onset arthritis and Dhillon is still coping with pain after a car crash ten years ago.

Could we really sit through a half-hour show of moms smoking weed? Definitely.