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A mum has admitted that she has smoked weed in front of her children but doesn't regret it.
Caitlin Fladagar, from Vancouver, Canada, where cannabis is legal, has hit out at critics who claim it is dangerous and irresponsible to do drugs and who have questioned the example it sets for her kids.
Taking to Instagram, the mum-of-two shared a photograph of herself wearing a jumper that says 'First I smoke weed then I do things' - which she said caused a stir when she was out shopping.
She told her 329,000 followers: "Yes, I'm a mom of two. Yes, I have smoked before when my kids are awake. No, that doesn't make me a bad parent.
"I remember the first time I wore this sweater out in public. I was at the mall, surrounded by tank tops that said 'I'm a wine mom' and 'nothing gets done until my wine glass is empty'.
"But my sweater was definitely the one of the most looked at things, probably because I had my two young kids with me. I had one cashier say to me, 'Do you think it's safe to get high with your kids?'
"It took me by surprise. It made me wonder. Why every time someone thinks of weed, they must be getting high and not being able to function."
Instead, Cailtin pointed out, she only smokes weed to help her calm down and that it's not about getting high for the sake of it.
She explained: "When I smoke while my kids are up, which is rare, but it has happened, it is to calm myself. Not to get high, or to lay on the couch all day.
"Marijuana has so many other benefits besides the ones you see in the movies.
"It has helped me immensely with being a more patient mother, it has helped me gain the weight I needed to, and it has helped my insomniac self get some well-needed sleep at night.
"It's really interesting when I wear the wine mom tank top I do have out, I get high fives from other moms, I get laughs, I get told 'awesome shirt, relatable'. But when I wear this one, it's a whole different story.
"Smoking while your kids are awake doesn't make you a bad parent. Some people don't smoke just to get high. You don't have to smoke a ton every time.
"It doesn't make you lay on the couch all day, and ignore your kids."
Signing off, Caitlin said she had no plans on changing her habit.
She added: "So, yeah, I'm a mom of two, and I have smoked while my kids are awake, and you know what? Those are the most relaxed, stress-free days my kids and I have.
"Sincerely, a pretty kick-ass mom who smokes a lot of weed."
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