"On a planet, not too different than ours, a young girl’s parents are gardeners. They grow a special plant many revere for its medicinal properties, as well as for the way it makes them “feel silly,” but the “Kings” think it is bad. And so is the story of “The Gloops and the Special Plant,” a children’s book by J.R. Fox, written to broach the subject of discussing cannabis with children.
It’s a story that hits home for many Southern Oregon families. From parents that grow cannabis, to ones who use it for pain relief, or simply enjoy it the same way one would a glass of wine, many are doing their best to find a reasonable way to explain it to their children.
Fox describes one of the inspirations for the book: a friend expressed discomfort at having their children over because they knew cannabis was present in the home. It struck Fox that there would likely be no qualms if there was knowledge of wine or whiskey in the cupboard. With a background as a children’s behavioral therapist, Fox set out to create a tool to help parents talk to their kids about weed, in an entertaining format. The main goal: cannabis is a plant of many uses, is a normal part of some families’ lives, and it does not need to be feared..."
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