Since the Obama administration has eased up on prosecuting health clinics that distribute pot in medical marijuana-legal states, the cry for across-the-board legalization of the little green bud is now louder than ever. To decriminalize ganja on the federal level, though, partakers will need some really big lobbying muscle. How about AARP?
A new government report reveals that grandma’s gardening hobby may serve more recreational purposes than previously thought: Pot use tripled among 55 to 59 year olds during a six year period in the ‘00s. They offer the same “for medicinal purposes only” excuses that you hear among younger NORML activists, but given that arthritis, glaucoma, and insomnia really do bedevil older folks more intensely, this new breed of silver tokers has scientific research about the therapeutic effects of cannabis on their side. Plus, this could offer new fuel for the “just say no” propagandists: If you want to keep a 13 year old away from his first joint, just have grandpa go into a long, rambling soliloquy about how a couple of bowls a day soothes the pain from his replacement hip.