Marijuana-Smoking Moms To Wine-Sipping Moms: Don't Judge Us

First, a marijuana-smoking mom talked up the benefits of taking care of her baby while stoned in an essay for Jezebel last month.

Now comes a report of moms who smoke pot feeling dissed by moms who drink wine.

“Being judged for doing something nontoxic and totally organic, enjoying a god-given plant, by moms who suck back two bottles of Chardonnay like sports drinks feels like s---,” Margaret told TODAY Moms recently. "Any hypocrisy is hard to swallow. A drunk mother is pathetic and I often leave parties when I experience other mothers tying one on."

Other mothers chimed in, saying that weed helps them focus, makes them nicer with their kids, provides no hangover, and makes mundane tasks like laundry easier.

Of course, marijuana remains mostly illegal, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse says weed impairs thinking, coordination and problem-solving.

It is not clear how many moms smoke marijuana -- a study that appeared in a 2009 Marie Claire article on female professionals getting high said 8 million women smoke pot. Presumably some of them have children.

"Some moms are drinking very early in the day, starting around 4,” Erica, a Brooklyn, N.Y., mother of a 4-year-old daughter, told the New York Post last year. “I would rather smoke a bowl, take the edge off and go about my day."

Serra Frank, the founding director of Moms for Marijuana, which has collected more than 22,000 Facebook likes, told in 2010, "I had been in bed for a year or more with a debilitating illness and when I found cannabis, I was able to take care of my house and my children."

Legal or not, if it takes somes tokes to get Mom through the day, one advocate says grab a bud.

"No matter what you use, you shouldn’t be judged if it works for you, you’re productive, and you do no harm,” Diane Fornbacher of the pot-legalization group NORML explained to TODAY Moms. “Marijuana parents aren’t perfect, but they’re far less imperfect than parents who use alcohol irresponsibly."