USA Mothers For and Against Weed: A Fifty-Year Revolution

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It is interesting to see how a movement in the USA against marijuana, led primarily by concerned mothers almost half a century ago, has recently been turned on its head in a campaign by mothers in the USA who are advocating for the use of marijuana to improve parenting.  This revolution is neatly represented in books by two women, both in their mid-thirties at the time of publication, separated by nearly two generations in time, and with diametrically opposed opinions: Marsha Mannatt, who published Parents, Peers, and Pot in 1979, and Danielle Simone Brand, who published Weed Mom in 2020.  America Goes Towards Decriminalisation   In the early 1970s, a trend towards the decriminalisation of marijuana began in some states in the USA. Between 1973 and 1978, twelve states, a third of the country, decriminalised possession of marijuana. A survey conducted in 1978 revealed that 37.1% of students had smoked pot in the previous month; 9% were smoking it every day. Although marijuana was still illegal at a federal level, by 1976, cannabis paraphernalia vendors were earning more than $120 million a year through the sale of pipes, bongs and scales; the sale of rolling papers alone earned more than $50 million. They also sold popular magazines, such as High Times, Stoned and Stone Age, which were enthusiastic about cannabis (Dufton 2021: 298–289). Cannabis was not about to disappear from the American way of life.   The Campaign against Marijuana  In the mid-1970s in the USA, a movement initiated in Atlanta, Georgia, by concerned parents formed to campaign against the use of drugs—particularly marijuana—by young people. In the summer of 1976, Marsha “Keith” Manatt Suchard, a thirty-six-year-old mother of three, discovered that her thirteen-year-old daughter, Ashley, had been smoking pot with her friends in the Suchards’ back yard. She was horrified and…

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