Older Americans Changing Views on Marijuana

The elderly represent the largest medical marijuana consumer group. However, more and more senior citizens are turning to marijuana for recreational purposes — and it’s not just the aging baby boomers that left the substance behind in college.Elderly-man-smoking-medical-marijuana-via-Shutterstock Some retirees are trying marijuana for the first time.

In 2011, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.3% of adults between the ages of 50 and 59 used marijuana, more than double the percentage that reported it 10 years ago.

HuffPost Live streamed “Grandparents & Ganja,” a discussion about marijuana’s unexpected clientele. Speakers included: MPP’s communications director, Mason Tvert; Mason’s grandmother, Helen Shuller; Keith Stroup, the founder of NORML; and former Washington State Senator George Rohrbacher.  During the conversation, Helen was asked if older voters would be in favor of legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. “[T]here’s a great deal of money to be raised by taxing marijuana,” she replied. “If that will relieve the worries about future social security and Medicare, older people will be very much in favor of it.”

The New York Times also explored marijuana’s popularity among the elderly. The newspaper spoke with a number of retirees, including Mason’s grandparents. “Most of us are either retiring or are retired,” Helen told the Times. “You don’t have to worry about your job knowing, so it’s a little easier for us. I don’t care if you use my name, I don’t care if they know!”

7 thoughts on “Older Americans Changing Views on Marijuana”

  1. It is not just changes of views and opinions, there are many valid reasons why older Americans wants to smoke pot.

  2. Only when lawmakers start losing elections for their hypocrisy will the laws change. At core they are greedy, cowardly, and hypocrites, these people we’ve elected. Get young voters out! Have them press candidates for their views, and to vote for candidates who embrace legalization. It’s the only way. Obama doesn’t care about you. SCOTUS will actually ensure your oppression, and willfully so. Neither do the vast majority of lawmakers in congress, state legislatures or local government. They care about their wallets. So get rid of them and install people who will represent you. It’s the only way

  3. the study examines the relationship between marijuana use and leaving school. It does not say marijuana use is associated with increased arrests or administrative suspensions. If you don’t believe frequent marijuana use negatively impacts academic success in college then you need to read more indeoendent research which clearly demonstrates a lower grade point average for heavy smokers.

  4. so voters need to wise up vote out politians who are catering and voting to please the big $$$$$$ oil companies pharmacudical companies and big industries the will of the people must be heard why is medical marijuana LEGAL IN WASHINGTON D.C. when feds say its a scheduled 1 drug narotic no medical value also the federal government has a patent on cannaboloids found in thc in cannabis …. HYPOCRITES… cannaboloids in cannabis kills cancer cells read madrid spain 20 yr research and canada 10 year research we have some good testimonials here in colo as well medically it been here for 13 years…. let the voice of the people be heard END PROHIBITION

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