Melissa Etheridge Talks Smoking Weed With Her Family: 'It Brings You Closer'

Melissa Etheridge photographed in New York City.
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Melissa Etheridge photographed in New York City.

Melissa Etheridge smokes a joint without shame and, in fact, it’s a normal activity in her household.

In an attempt to debunk the stigma surrounding the drug, the Grammy-winning singer discussed her positive relationship with marijuana use for a new Yahoo project Weed & the American Family. She explained candidly that she smokes regularly with her wife and two oldest children.

“I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink,” she said in the interview.

Etheridge, who has her own line of cannabis products, says weed also improves the dynamic of her marriage.

“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,” she said.

Since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, the rocker sees weed as a medicinal product rather than something to just get high on. Choosing marijuana over pharmaceuticals during chemotherapy allowed her to function: “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. It was great medicine.”

Watch the full interview segment below:

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