Last month we reported on the news that marijuana use is increasing among people over the age of 50, indicating many boomers aren’t giving up the weed as they grow older. Or they’re actually picking the habit back up now that they’ve retired and don’t have to worry about those “gotcha” drug tests at work. Or they’re turning to marijuana to ease the aches and pains of getting older.
Now, The Washington Post reports that this trend may mean a new push to legalize marijuana further. It’s easy to see the thinking here when you consider this: Many of 78 million boomers in the U.S. have at least tried pot, and it certainly doesn’t carry the stigma that it did for our parents and grandparents. Then there’s the government report showing that between 2002 and 2008, marijuana use more than tripled among 55- to 59-year-olds.
Those stats would indicate a sympathetic ear to any attempt to legalize marijuana. At least, that’s the way Keith Stroup of NORML, sees it:
For the longest time, our political opponents were older Americans who were not familiar with marijuana and had lived through the ‘Reefer Madness’ mentality, and they considered marijuana a very dangerous drug. Now, whether they resume the habit of smoking or whether they simply understand that it’s no big deal and that it shouldn’t be a crime, in large numbers they’re on our side of the issue.”
Is there a chance we’ll see marijuana legalized across the U.S. in the next twenty years? Don’t bet on it; right now only 14 states have even gone as far as to allow medical access – and that access varies greatly from state to state.
But here’s a couple of things we are willing to bet on: Lots of folks over 50 buying Fantasia when it comes out on Blu-ray this December, and a continuing increase in brownie mix sales during senior discount day at the supermarket.