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Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
Yahoo News ^ | 2-22-10 | MATT SEDENSKY,

Posted on 02/22/2010 10:24:26 AM PST by STONEWALLS

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.

The number of people aged 50 and older reporting marijuana use in the prior year went up from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent from 2002 to 2008, according to surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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...I don't know how they do it...when I smoked pot in the early 70s, I was also a 2-pack a day Camel straight smoker...so the pot smoke didn't make me cough...the thought of smoking anything these days tells me I'd cough my head off.
1 posted on 02/22/2010 10:24:26 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

Duuuude. I can’t find my teeth.


2 posted on 02/22/2010 10:25:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: STONEWALLS

If she’s 88, she’s no Boomer.


3 posted on 02/22/2010 10:27:11 AM PST by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: STONEWALLS

2.9% isn’t really that bad, but it is still insanely stupid.


4 posted on 02/22/2010 10:27:29 AM PST by Tolsti2
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To: STONEWALLS
What else, all those grey ponytails firing up their doobies, pretending they are still young and hip.
5 posted on 02/22/2010 10:27:41 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: STONEWALLS
News flash.

Your oldest boomer isn't anywhere close to 88.

Try 64.

6 posted on 02/22/2010 10:27:49 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Tribune7

You are right she is not a boomer. I listen to Ryan Farish music instead of pot to relax.


7 posted on 02/22/2010 10:28:55 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: STONEWALLS

I’m curious to know if reading the NYT causes her to smoke pot. I can’t read that thing - but, of course, I don’t smoke pot either.


8 posted on 02/22/2010 10:29:10 AM PST by lesko
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To: Tribune7

True. The Boomers appeared in ‘45-’46 after WWII. I was/am one.


9 posted on 02/22/2010 10:29:39 AM PST by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Some people use it for pain relief. Seriously.


10 posted on 02/22/2010 10:32:18 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Tolsti2

2.9% isn’t really that bad, but it is still insanely stupid.


The headline should read: 97.1% of seniors DO NOT use marijuana.

3% is a miniscule amount. Take ANY activity and you’ll probably find more than 3% engage in it.

Hunting.
Fishing.
Dyed hair.
Playing the drums.
Tap dance.
Fold origami.

I would wager more than 3% of the poplulation engages in all of those activities.

3% is basicly saying nobody does it.


11 posted on 02/22/2010 10:32:25 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: STONEWALLS

Boomers, still the most worthless generation of Americans.


12 posted on 02/22/2010 10:33:11 AM PST by Truthsearcher
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To: STONEWALLS

The New York Times market, elderly stoners...


13 posted on 02/22/2010 10:33:12 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: STONEWALLS
It starts in preschools with twirling around to get dizzy. That is gateway activity and should be subject to zero tolerance.

14 posted on 02/22/2010 10:34:24 AM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Tolsti2

Insanely stupid????

So you don’t fault the old guy his whiskey, beer,wine or cigarettes, but it is insanely stupid to smoke some reefer as a retiree?

What exactly makes this insanely stupid?


15 posted on 02/22/2010 10:34:44 AM PST by dmz
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To: ilovesarah2012

As a weight lifter in college, pot definitely helped me to reduce the pain between sessions. Unfortunately, it also made me feel invincible since it was masking bigger problems, and as a result, I have chronic lower back pain (No, I don’t smoke pot anymore).

Aside from the analgesic benefits, pot causes me overeat and when I tried to come off of it, my anxiety attacks returned. I’ve been clean for a few years now, and I have to say that I would never go back. If others want to do it, so be it. For me, a glass of scotch and a Cuban will do me just fine, thanks!


16 posted on 02/22/2010 10:35:16 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Quite a few boomers smoke weed. I know a few of ‘em. So what? Add half a viagra, put on Bad Company, and the old lady dont look so bad...


17 posted on 02/22/2010 10:35:24 AM PST by olepap (God help us)
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To: STONEWALLS
I LOVE IT!

The days of Reefer Madness are slowly coming to an end, & rightfully so.

18 posted on 02/22/2010 10:35:54 AM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: dmz

Stupid at any age, and shows poor judgement.


19 posted on 02/22/2010 10:36:57 AM PST by Tolsti2
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To: olepap

“.....Add half a viagra, put on Bad Company, and the old lady dont look so bad...”

...LOL!..good one Olepap


20 posted on 02/22/2010 10:37:18 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Truthsearcher

They are the generation that brought a slowing to the crushing depths of leftism from the previous generations.


21 posted on 02/22/2010 10:38:47 AM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: Brookhaven
Hunting...Fishing...

Try 40%

22 posted on 02/22/2010 10:43:01 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: STONEWALLS

What a nothing-burger of a story. Of course more people over 50 are smoking weed. Duh! I am surprised however that so many people actually admitted to it. 5.1% between 55 and 59? I’ll bet it’s more than that but this hardly means we’re all going to “hell in a hand basket”. Seniors get handed worse things for them in the form of prescriptions.


23 posted on 02/22/2010 10:44:16 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Truthsearcher
Boomers, still the most worthless generation of Americans

Quite an interesting argument that I always enjoy debating in engaging in, being an amateur historian. It does seem like the baby boomer generation did a lot of damage, but how many actually did the whole leftist thing verses those that silently just tried to live a decent life or went to Vietnam? Also, is it the boomer generation to blame or the generation that raised them (I know that may not be too popular a opinion to voice as it was the "Greatest Generation" that gave us the boomers)? Just some interesting things I always enjoy talking about.

24 posted on 02/22/2010 10:46:34 AM PST by chargers fan
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To: STONEWALLS

Remember Gramps, Oxycontin good, marijuana bad. Now take some of your pain pills and quit telling me about how you toured with the Greatful Dead.


25 posted on 02/22/2010 10:47:00 AM PST by KarlInOhio (New Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Greatful->Grateful.

I blame the demon weed for my lack of spelling.

26 posted on 02/22/2010 10:47:37 AM PST by KarlInOhio (New Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: chargers fan

And what about that generation before the “Greatest Generation”? The ones who ignored the rise of fascism and pursued all sorts of FDR Keynesian experiments prolonging the depression? And what about that idiot generation that was responsible for prohibition? One can go on and on throughout history to find generations worthy of just as much disdain as Boomers.


27 posted on 02/22/2010 10:53:40 AM PST by rhombus
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