We know parents are the key to the legalization and normalization of responsible cannabis use. That’s why we made Splimm – to stand up as mothers and fathers and add our voices to the chorus demanding an end to prohibition. This effort got a huge boost when popular moms’ site and online community, The Lil’ Mamas, endorsed an Oregon cannabis farm with its Lil’ Mama Approved seal.
Moto Perpetuo gets a nod from the mainstream
For the first time ever, a mainstream parenting blog – albeit one that is “not your mama’s mama blog” – came out in support of a licensed recreational cannabis cultivator. Moto Perpetuo, located outside of Portland in Forest Grove and licensed in Oregon since 2016 to produce recreational cannabis, got the Mamas’ stamp of approval last week.
Partner Tom Grubbs appreciates the recognition for what he and the team at Moto are doing: “We feel it is both amazing and an honor to help these… moms and hopefully, many others. It is our goal to help anyone who chooses to medicate, relax or recreate with cannabis. We feel that cannabis is the healthier alternative to so many of the options that people have to choose from on the market today and wish to provide the cleanest version of it possible – throughout our entire line of products and the products of those we align ourselves with.”
Fierce mamas for cannabis
If you’re a Splimm reader, you’ve met Lil’ Mamas president Celia Behar before. This isn’t the first time this fierce Mama has spoken out in favor of cannabis. She’s recently advocated for its use in cancer treatment and for the more controversial topic, postpartum depression. Both issues hit close to home for Behar, who is supporting her sister, Julie Elizabeth, through a battle with colon cancer, and who herself experienced PPD after the births of both her daughters. Behar has recently been featured on Yahoo! and Babble, educating people about the benefits of cannabis for PPD.
Behar says: “The Lil’ Mamas is committed to moms, and after sharing my story and receiving the feedback I did from other mothers, I knew this issue was crucial for so many women. This is our chance to break the stigma around this natural resource and normalize its use. We are so thankful that farms like Moto Perpetuo take these issues as seriously as we do and that we have the voice to support them.”
A farm that cares
Celia credits Moto’s Tom Grubbs with reintroducing her to the amazing potential of cannabis medicine. Grubbs and his partners at the farm, David Hoyle and Dave Tyson, have provided invaluable guidance and resources to support Celia through her second bout of PPD and to help Julie Elizabeth both fight cancer and deal with the side effects of chemotherapy treatment.
After years of growing for Oregon’s medical cannabis program, the team at Moto still prioritizes the medical power of cannabis. Hoyle explains: “Over the years of growing for patients and dispensaries we have heard so many stories of personal victories over diseases and conditions with seemingly insurmountable odds that we are compelled to push on, even while knowing that we commit a class one felony every time we step into the grow. We will continue to do what we do bolstered by the lives that we know this plant has impacted in the most positive of ways.”
Moto Perpetuo is the first cannabis farm to earn an endorsement of this kind. The Lil’ Mamas decided to bestow this honor not only because of the support the farm has provided for Celia’s family, but also due to Moto’s impeccable safety standards and rigorous self-regulation.
Hoyle describes Moto’s ethos: “Our Cannabis production is nestled amid an organic vegetable operation that has been supplying chefs and families in the Willamette Valley for almost 20 years. We take the many lessons learned from years of commercial organic agriculture and apply them to the cultivation of cannabis. Ultimately, as organic farmers, our primary concern is the health and vitality of our soil. We strive to maintain the healthiest of microsystems within our soil knowing that it translates to the most potent medicine or nutritious crop.”
In the process of applying for a canopy extension, Moto will soon be allowed to return to their roots – growing cannabis medicine for registered patients like Julie Elizabeth – while continuing to maintain their recreational operation.
A new narrative
The Lil’ Mamas will not stop pushing the cannabis conversation into the mainstream. Celia Behar is making sure more people can access and learn a new narrative, one that might contradict what they’d previously believed about this plant. Mom blogs give their stamp of approval to natural baby lotions, cloth diapers, wooden toys, and organic snacks. By adding cannabis to that category, Lil’ Mamas has totally reframed the dialogue. No longer is it a question of whether or not cannabis can be beneficial, it’s now a question finding the safest, most ethically produced cannabis. And Lil’ Mamas is here to guide you.
You can learn more about Celia’s sister, Julie Elizabeth, and how to support her here.