Breaking the News to Mom and Dad: I'm Selling Weed (Legally)

Manndie Tingler, who helped start the cannabis company Khemia, and her mother, Teri Moulton, in Sacramento. Family acceptance of Ms. Tingler’s career has been gradual over five years.

Manndie Tingler kept her secret from her parents, certain they would disapprove. And while most Americans have come around, she knew her mom and dad would still consider it “a horrible thing.”

She eventually tired of hiding her affairs, so she began bringing up tidbits to “gauge their warmth.” Finally, Ms. Tingler told them: She was helping to build a marijuana start-up.

Her mother’s response was curt: “So, are you going to get arrested?”

Parents, at book clubs or block parties, love sharing news of their children’s success. But making joints is a far cry from making partner.

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