Article by Perry Stein, The Washington Post
Before Chanda Macias drops her 6-year-old son off at school, she spritzes some Febreze on herself. If anyone sniffs a trace of marijuana on her, the mother of four worries she would be labeled an unfit parent — or at least a mother unfit to host play dates.
Macias, a former cell biology specialist at Howard University, left her job last year to foray into Washington’s nascent pot industry by opening a medical marijuana dispensary. Her business is legal, but the stigma has her questioning how to discuss her profession with her children.
In the male-dominated industry, there are few mothers she can turn to. Macias connected with other moms in the local marijuana business, forming a support group to navigate child-rearing in the murky age of legalization.