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Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
hosted ^ | Feb 22 | MATT SEDENSKY

Posted on 02/22/2010 6:57:32 AM PST by JoeProBono

MIAMI - In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.

Long a fixture among young people, use of the country's most popular illicit drug is now growing among the AARP set, as the massive generation of baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and '70s grows older.....

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; History
KEYWORDS: boomers; jpb; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; seniors; wod
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1 posted on 02/22/2010 6:57:33 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

No wonder 0bama won! ;)


2 posted on 02/22/2010 6:59:08 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: JoeProBono

Just when your memory starts to slip, you jam on the accelerator...


3 posted on 02/22/2010 7:00:31 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

“Ah, Bach.”


4 posted on 02/22/2010 7:02:08 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: JoeProBono
I can just imagine seniors on HoverRound scooters tooling down to the local 7/11 to get Zig-Zag papers and Phillies “blunts.” Complete with a bad of Doritos and Slurpee for the munchies.
5 posted on 02/22/2010 7:02:08 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: JoeProBono

Smoking weed is just as civilized, and no more dangerous, than alcohol. IMO.


6 posted on 02/22/2010 7:03:23 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: massgopguy
“Ah, Bach.”

LOL, you beat me to it!!!

7 posted on 02/22/2010 7:03:49 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: JoeProBono

Humboldt and Trinity are now officially awash in the stuff

even the sheriff of Trinity has a patch


8 posted on 02/22/2010 7:04:29 AM PST by wardaddy (Epic Beard Man sez: "If you think cops are pigs next time you need help call an amber lamps")
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To: JoeProBono
A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband.

Anyone need more evidence that pot-smoking causes stupidity???

9 posted on 02/22/2010 7:04:46 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: JoeProBono

Yes, its a good idea to be high when reading the the NY Times. Makes it all so much more easy to accept.


10 posted on 02/22/2010 7:05:05 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Why do you think they call it ‘dope’?


11 posted on 02/22/2010 7:07:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: CalvaryJohn

long term chronic use of pot makes for strange folks...not as destructive as alcohol but languishing for a lifetime

(daily pot smoker 1971-1983)

pot is best in discretion

i cannot stand to be around dense stoned goofy self absorbed folks anymore but once I was one...almost 30 years ago

never thought I’d quit but life got in the way...I cannot imagine being stoned much now or God forbid Owlsley...is he still alive?


12 posted on 02/22/2010 7:07:57 AM PST by wardaddy (Epic Beard Man sez: "If you think cops are pigs next time you need help call an amber lamps")
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To: JoeProBono

Why is it considered (by society) wrong to smoke cigarettes, but pot is supposedly ok?


13 posted on 02/22/2010 7:09:59 AM PST by Grunthor (The more people I meet, the more I love my dogs.)
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To: JoeProBono

The wisdom of age seems somewhat overstated.

SnakeDoc


14 posted on 02/22/2010 7:10:29 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Do you know if the hotel is pager friendly? [...] I'm not getting a sig on my beeper.)
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To: CalvaryJohn

15 posted on 02/22/2010 7:11:48 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: CalvaryJohn

I hate marijuana!!! It has stolen 13 years from my son’s life. He too thinks it is harmless. He has college degree.. started smoking in college, does nothing else beside pot but it has taken away, his son, relationships, jobs... he now waits tables at 33. Very bad imho! He knows he can’t pass a drug test at other jobs.


16 posted on 02/22/2010 7:15:54 AM PST by JFC
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To: CalvaryJohn

I agree.


17 posted on 02/22/2010 7:16:00 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: wardaddy

“i cannot stand to be around dense stoned goofy self absorbed folks anymore but once I was one...almost 30 years ago”

Well I enjoy the occassional drink but it doesn’t mean I want to be around falling down drunks!


18 posted on 02/22/2010 7:17:08 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: JFC

Alchohol has effected others in similiar ways, do you think alchohol should be made illegal?


19 posted on 02/22/2010 7:18:46 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: JoeProBono

Ah, that explains Sea Shepherd.


20 posted on 02/22/2010 7:22:21 AM PST by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: autumnraine

No, but I know what pot has done first hand to my son. It has lied to him and told him it can calm him down, makes him withdrawl from life! He likes to use that same argument about booze. I disagree in making pot legal.. ever! Plus I am not a square, I was raised in the 60’s but left it in the 60’s. And yesh, alchol does effect lives in a negative way when people abuse it. Sad when that happens as well.


21 posted on 02/22/2010 7:22:40 AM PST by JFC
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To: JoeProBono

Hippies and druggies that survived still alive.

Would be interesting to take a look into the history of these people to see how often they were on the system or in jail.


22 posted on 02/22/2010 7:23:18 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: JoeProBono

¡ AfGoo is tha Shizzle !
bump


23 posted on 02/22/2010 7:25:25 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: JFC

So your basis for a law is that YOU don’t like it. You don’t think alchohol should be illegal even though you concede that it has also been the tool that people have used to ruin their lives.

That is not a valid way to determine someone else’s freedom.


24 posted on 02/22/2010 7:25:33 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: JFC

By the way, “pot” hasn’t done anything to your son. Your son has done these things and handed you the excuse of pot. You accepted that excuse as reasonable.


25 posted on 02/22/2010 7:26:43 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: CalvaryJohn

Have you ever smoked it?

It’s not like alcohol at all in really any way.


26 posted on 02/22/2010 7:28:25 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: wardaddy

Yes, he’s in Australia these days.


27 posted on 02/22/2010 7:29:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: JoeProBono
In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.

That is freaking sad. Mabye if she didn't read the Times and had a grasp on reality she wouldn't have to get stoned to "relax."
28 posted on 02/22/2010 7:30:08 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: autumnraine; JFC

From my experience dealing with both potheads and the lazy, pot does NOT cause laziness. Its just that lazy people like to develop a friendship with Mary Jane, just as they have a close relationship with their television sets.


29 posted on 02/22/2010 7:30:55 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: wardaddy

Owsley - Still around.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/12/MNGK0QV7HS1.DTL

Off the grid and selling art. Very expensive.

http://www.thebear.org/


30 posted on 02/22/2010 7:35:17 AM PST by PeteCat
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To: Clemenza

“Its just that lazy people like to develop a friendship with Mary Jane, just as they have a close relationship with their television sets.”

Well said.


31 posted on 02/22/2010 7:35:21 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: JoeProBono

I think its awsome. She made it 88 years and likes to do a bong hit while reading the paper. So what? Good for her.


32 posted on 02/22/2010 7:48:20 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: Mengerian

Would that be bad?


33 posted on 02/22/2010 8:00:08 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: Grunthor

Or the other way around by some folks...


34 posted on 02/22/2010 8:01:16 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: JFC

Sounds like he has a problem. Are you sure it’s the pot’s fault?


35 posted on 02/22/2010 8:02:15 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: JoeProBono

This is strictly anecdotal, but a number of the angry Dems I know at work admitted to me that were heavy dopers in their past. I know only one conservative co-worker who has anger issues. He’s also very fond of grass.


36 posted on 02/22/2010 8:06:43 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: JFC

Some people are potaholics. A bit here and there just doesn’t work for them. The same is true for alcohol. Your unfortunate personal story doesn’t change my opinion.


37 posted on 02/22/2010 8:10:19 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Vision

I didn’t say it was like alcohol in any way.
In fact, I know for certain it is not.
I would argue it is no more destructive than drink.


38 posted on 02/22/2010 8:13:11 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: CalvaryJohn

It’s much worse than alcohol which is why it’s illegal.


39 posted on 02/22/2010 8:18:07 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: JFC
I note that you're not getting a lot of sympathy here. Well, I'm sympathetic. I'm sorry your son got involved in it. It's a destructive drug, in my opinion. I've seen a lot of people who lose all ambition and get stuck in a time warp -- they never grow into responsible adults because their head is in a cloud of smoke. It's sad.

I recognize that the War on Drugs also has negative side effects, but I part ways with the Libertarians on this -- I think society has a positive interest in helping people avoid lives of substance abuse. It's not a victimless crime (and legalizing these things won't change that).

40 posted on 02/22/2010 8:21:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
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To: CalvaryJohn

True; both impair judgment. One takes its toll on the liver, the other, lungs.


41 posted on 02/22/2010 8:25:14 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: autumnraine
WOW, he has others who would agree with him here! No, I don't blame pot totally. It is his life and he is the one that has chose to continue to smoke dope. As his mom, I have seen how it has changed him. He is not lazy at all, he is just the opposite. He works non stop, but now he is waiting tables 60 hours a week making min wage plus tips. He lost his job at a top restaurant company as a manager because he could not pass the drug test. Had nothing to do with his lack of ability or work attendance. I see the guys he continues to hang out with who are not married. He has a son who is 12 and caught him smoking pot. Now his son wants nothing to do with him because his dad lied 3 times saying he was finished with pot. My son, is the one who has told me pot has ruined his life. But still no excuse, he has the power to put it down but chooses not to and has given up his son because of his decession to smoke weed! Just saying it isn't as hip as people make it out to be.
42 posted on 02/22/2010 8:31:44 AM PST by JFC
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To: stuartcr

Not at all. More power to them!


43 posted on 02/22/2010 8:33:55 AM PST by Mengerian
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To: JFC

You know, a lot of adults with ADD turn to pot as a way of self medicating. To the person with ADD, pot does not make them “stoned” as just staring off into space but rather helps them to focus as they learn to adjust the amount smoked. Most people in this catagory are your all day tokers. They don’t get baked, just smoke enough to make their brain not so frazzled. LSD was developed for people with scizophrenia and people with Bi-Polar/Manic Depressive responded well with it. It effects their brain different than if you or I took it. Look up some information on people with this condition who are pot smokers. You would know if he exhibited ADD behavior as a child. Even if it wasn’t bad enough to warrant medication as a child.

Your son may feel that he can’t function without it and society is the one with the problem. My mom took anti-anxiety meds and one time looked at them and said “How do I judge people who use other things to do what someone gave me permission to use?”

Talk to your son about getting on some form of adult ADHD medication and see if that helps relieve him from his dependence on pot. It’s not that he CHOOSES pot over these other things like a better position at a job, but that he may feel that he cannot handle life without it and a half functioning (because of society laws, not his actions-in his way of thinking) is better than not at all or worse drugs that are out there.


44 posted on 02/22/2010 10:36:10 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: PGR88

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NYT and potheads.

Exactly.


45 posted on 02/22/2010 10:54:27 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: JFC
He knows he can’t pass a drug test at other jobs.

That's just another reason why we either need to get rid of drug testing in the workplace or making marijuana legal again.

46 posted on 02/22/2010 11:04:37 AM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: A CA Guy
You better get busy. The latest Rasmussen survey has the legalization measure ahead in CA. It also shows the lead increasing from four months earlier:

07-24-2009:

47% support
42% oppose
11% undecided

11-22-2009:

49% support
38% oppose
12% undecided

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/california/49_in_california_favor_legalizing_taxing_pot

47 posted on 02/22/2010 11:05:01 AM PST by Ken H (Debt free is the way to be)
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To: JoeProBono

So we’re shocked that the smelly twenty-something hippies are now smelly sixty something hippies?


48 posted on 02/22/2010 11:05:47 AM PST by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: wardaddy
...never thought I’d quit but life got in the way...

Me neither, and me too. It got less fun and I got too busy. Couldn't be less interested now.

Stan Owsley's still around. Big-time meat eater according to his Wiki article. That much acid cooks yer brain, IMHO.

49 posted on 02/22/2010 11:05:57 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Vision
It’s much worse than alcohol which is why it’s illegal.

I sure don't trust government that much just to accept what they say.

50 posted on 02/22/2010 11:06:17 AM PST by rhombus
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