In their latest issue, Marie Claire puts the spotlight on 'stiletto stoners,'--educated and successful women who smoke marijuana to relax at the end of a workday. A study by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 8 million American women have smoked pot in the past year.
Debbie Schwartz, a 28-year-old reality show production manager, justified her evening routine to the magazine:
"I love to have a glass of wine now and again, but going out and downing sugary cocktails isn't fun for me. And drinking is so much more expensive....I'll go to the gym for an hour, then come back home and smoke a joint while I listen to jazz and read a book--I just finished The Fountainhead. It's my moment for myself before I have to get up and do it all over again tomorrow. It's my bubble bath," Schwartz explains.
Yesterday "The Today Show" interviewed a book editor who compares her post-work pot-smoking to "having a glass of wine at the end of the day." But she wouldn't say she's addicted. "I feel like I'm more addicted to coffee than anything else, and I'm sure millions of people can say the same."