New Children’s Book Seeks to Teach Kids About Cannabis
“What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden” depicts a boy learning about cannabis from his grandmother.
A new book introducing cannabis to children aims to normalize conversations about cannabis as one of the plants in a home garden. Written by Susan Soares, the sweetly illustrated book, “What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden,” takes on the voice of a boy gardening with his grandmother, eating the vegetables they grow and talking about the cannabis also growing in grandma’s garden.
It was a garden that turned Soares onto medical marijuana. A busy single mother of three, Soares was active in the LDS church when she got sidelined 30 years ago with a head injury.
“I had a migraine headache for two years afterwards,” she says.
Soares then got hooked on doctor-prescribed Vicodin but still found no relief, until she asked her neighbor about the lovely green plant growing in her neighbor’s garden.
After cannabis cured her migraine, Soares began to rethink her past assumptions about the plant. She has since become an activist, bringing her enthusiasm and organizing skills to the cannabis movement in the Los Angeles area, including planning yearly State of Cannabis events in Long Beach.
When a talk show host asked her on the air, “How did you talk to your kids about cannabis?” her answer was, “I didn’t.”
“His question bothered me,” Soares says. “I started asking people inside and outside of the industry and I found out nobody is talking to their kids about cannabis.”
So Soares, now a grandmother, decided to write and publish, “What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden: A Book to Help Grownups Have a Conversation With Children About Cannabis.”
Published: September 21, 2019
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