Mummy And Daddy Are Stoners
The Guardian is running a piece today about a right-on children’s book on cannabis. ‘It’s Just a Plant’ is written and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, whose work recently graced the bedtime story bestseller ‘Go the Fuck to Sleep’. Recently reissued, it follows Jackie, a girl who smells dope and goes to her parents’ bedroom to find them smoking a joint. The next day, her mother takes her on a journey to meet a cannibis farmer, a doctor and a cop to learn more about marijuana.
The book has naturally created critics and fans, but the biggest complaint in the UK has been about the hopelessly optimistic cool parents who have either been made vague and woolly-minded by dope or were like that to begin with. I’ve always thought it was a chicken-and-egg thing with marijuana – does it attract naturally passive people or create them?
I’m not a natural dopehead. Within about two minutes of smoking, I’m fast asleep. I once went to a Guy Fawkes party, took one hit and fell face down into the bonfire, and had to be dragged out with my clothes on fire. It’s good that a book like this takes the hysteria out of the subject, and while I don’t think cannabis sets in motion an escalation of drug-taking, I’m not sure being told your folks are hip will do children much good.