Que the outrage!
Melissa Etheridge admitted to smoking weed with her kids in a new interview for Yahoo’s “Weed The American Family” series, and the singer isn’t the least bit ashamed about it. The crooner began to use cannabis medicinally after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and undergoing chemotherapy.
“I asked many of my friends [who had gone through chemo], ‘What’s the experience? What are you doing?’ And my friend David Crosby, he was the first one who said, ‘You know, Melissa, you have to do medicinal marijuana. You have to [try] cannabis. That’s the way to do it. It’s too hard otherwise,’” she explained. “It was a wake-up call for me. When I used it as medicine, it became so clear to me that it has been maligned and misunderstood, and I really wanted to help people who are suffering. I mean, going through chemotherapy is suffering… and cannabis helps so many parts of just that. That’s just the beginning of what it does medicinally,” she added.
“I smoked to be normal. I smoked to be out of pain. I smoked to lighten myself because you’re poisoning yourself with chemo. It wasn’t about being high; it wasn’t at all anything like that. It was just being to a place where I could communicate with my children, to where I could get up, to where I could eat, where I didn’t have to go to the hospital. It was great medicine,” she continued.
She has no problem lighting up with her daughter Bailey, 20, and son Beckett, 18.
“I have smoked with my older two. It was funny at first, and then they realized, it’s a very natural, end-of-the-day [thing] … And it brings you much closer. I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink — oh, God, no,” she confessed.
She also indulges with her wife Linda Wallem, especially when they want a romantic evening.
“Cannabis is the best marital aid. When it’s date night … It takes down your inhibition; your sexual desires are enhanced. We take a bath every night and smoke and talk and wind down and sleep a very, very good night sleep — and sleep is extremely important,” she revealed.
All this almost makes us want to pick up the sticky icky!