Skip to comments.Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
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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No wonder 0bama won! ;)
Just when your memory starts to slip, you jam on the accelerator...
Smoking weed is just as civilized, and no more dangerous, than alcohol. IMO.
LOL, you beat me to it!!!
Humboldt and Trinity are now officially awash in the stuff
even the sheriff of Trinity has a patch
Anyone need more evidence that pot-smoking causes stupidity???
Yes, its a good idea to be high when reading the the NY Times. Makes it all so much more easy to accept.
Why do you think they call it ‘dope’?
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?
Why is it considered (by society) wrong to smoke cigarettes, but pot is supposedly ok?
The wisdom of age seems somewhat overstated.
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.
“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!
Alchohol has effected others in similiar ways, do you think alchohol should be made illegal?
Ah, that explains Sea Shepherd.
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.
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.
¡ AfGoo is tha Shizzle !
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.
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.
Have you ever smoked it?
It’s not like alcohol at all in really any way.
Yes, he’s in Australia these days.
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.
Owsley - Still around.
Off the grid and selling art. Very expensive.
“Its just that lazy people like to develop a friendship with Mary Jane, just as they have a close relationship with their television sets.”
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.
Would that be bad?
Or the other way around by some folks...
Sounds like he has a problem. Are you sure it’s the pot’s fault?
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.
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.
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.
It’s much worse than alcohol which is why it’s illegal.
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).
True; both impair judgment. One takes its toll on the liver, the other, lungs.
Not at all. More power to them!
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.
NYT and potheads.
That's just another reason why we either need to get rid of drug testing in the workplace or making marijuana legal again.
So we’re shocked that the smelly twenty-something hippies are now smelly sixty something hippies?
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.
I sure don't trust government that much just to accept what they say.
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