May 262011
 May 26, 2011

old ladyOnline Magazine for Grandparents Releases Response Results to Op-Ed Question Posed in its March/April Issue

Attitudes about the criminalization of marijuana may be changing among the elders of our society, as the more than 70 million of the baby boomer generation, one to widely experiment with recreational drug use, have and will become grandparents.

GRAND Magazine, the online magazine for today’s grandparents, released today results from their poll question which appeared in the March/April issue. It asked readers if it was time to legalize marijuana. 85% responded that they agreed it was.

The reader respondents who are pot proponents argued in their responses that it is hypocritical to outlaw pot when cigarettes, alcohol and fat-laden foods are legal but account for so many health issues among our population. They point out that marijuana is used to treat medical symptoms such as pain and nausea, and that in some states it is legal for shops to dispense medical marijuana. The billions that are spent in the U.S. on policing and courts related to this issue could be spent on better schools or infrastructure.

Grandparents who are part of the baby boomer generation (those born from 1946 to 1964)(1) have a unique perspective on marijuana, having come of age during a time when pot use became mainstream. 21st century grandparents are a group with a significant influence on the country’s youth as they are the primary caregivers for more than 6 million children(2). In fact, approximately 75 percent of all non-parental care of children is provided by a grandparent(3), representing a large shift in family dynamics. Now it seems that as they guide and influence new generations, they view marijuana use increasingly as a harmless indulgence rather than a gateway to a lifetime of drug abuse.

grandparents stonedAmong the reader response comments were:

“I am a grandparent strongly in favor of decriminalization. I would much rather my grandkids smoke pot than use cigarettes or alcohol. I expect I will need cannabis for my health soon and don’t want (it) to be illegal. The whole charade needs to stop; we are blowing far too much money on the drug war and have no positive results to show for it. The whole approach is counterproductive,” said D.W., Guysville, OH.

“I am a grandparent of a 17 year-old granddaughter who has been struggling with drug addiction since she was 14 years old. I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug and it has always been her reluctance to give up pot that has brought her back again and again to more dangerous drugs. I understand that the same arguments that have been used for years with the responsible adult consumption of alcohol apply to responsible adult use of pot. … I would vote against legal sale of marijuana…,” said A.C.

To read additional reader responses, click here

The link to the page in the GRAND magazine March/April online edition op-ed reader poll that asks, ‘Is it time to legalize marijuana?’ is: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110304_v3/index.php#/51/OnePage

GRAND Magazine
GRAND magazine is an online bi-monthly magazine that serves the more than 70 million U.S. grandparent market. It is delivered exclusively in digital format. It is published by GRAND Media, LLC, which was established in 2004. For more information about GRAND magazine visit: http://www.GRANDmagazine.com.

1. U.S. Census Bureau
2. American Community Survey, 2007, U.S. Census Bureau
3. State Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children, 2007, AARP Foundation, Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, and Generations United

 

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About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • Ronald Strout

    Honestly if more people young,middle aged,old people gave up Gateway Pharmaceutical drugs,there would be alot of disease,illnesses avoided.Plus,Most important action of all is to give up using Prescription drugs completely.The FDA,The Food and Drug Administration APPROVES Thousands of Prescription drugs-That are unatural man-made toxic chemical poisons that pharmaceutical companies Only goal is to lie making millions of people think and believe you need their drugs.Their making Trillions of dollars with these lies.People don’t believe their evil lies anymore,stop buying their deadly drugs.The FDA,will not Approve a Natural Substance-Natural product.They lie and say its because a Natural Substance can’t be Patented.Sorry I write off the subject to whoever reads this.God bless you,may He keep you in His Grace,Love.

  • Tyler M.

    People who say marijuana is a gateway drug dont understand what the “gateway drug” is. Its not marijuana, the gateway drug is peer pressure. I’m an 18 y/o highschool graduate and an advocate of marijuana. If its one thing I’ve noticed while growing up and smoking pot, it’s the fact that its not the marijuana that is the gateway drug, it’s the people you are around when smoking marijuana. I have alot of smoking buddies who enjoy doing other drugs as well, such as shrooms, ecstasy, pain killers etc. They have asked me to do them with them which I refused as I’ve always told myself I would never take an unprescribed pill or pick something off the ground and eat it.

    From a teenagers standpoint, seeing my friends get put in jail or having their license’s taken away just because of a couple grams of marijuana is too much. The people of america just dont seem to understand that. 90% of the people who say marijuana is bad have never tried it and fall into the lies of others. I use to be the same way until I tried it, which I loved it. Just because I smoke pot doesnt mean I’m lazy, I’m 18 years old and already have a career that I enjoy. I’m making $32000 a year which is far more than most people my age. By the time I’m 25 I will be making enough to support my future family and put my kids through school.

    To the parents who think marijuana is bad and have kids who you think may be experimenting with it, sit down with them and ask. They may lie to you because they think you will be upset, it’s okay to be upset with them but dont punish them. If you really want to see what marijuana does, ask them to stay at home to smoke, and see how they are after. It doesnt make you stupid, it infact opens your mind to thinking more about things and the world around you.

    • thugy zean

      this is fuckin true man.. thats right, it opens ur mind.. LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ALL OVER THE WORLD..

  • http://facebook.com sara

    hey aleast old people r geting shit done. I not see any young people out there. we need to stand up and flight to get weed allowed.

  • http://facebook ROGER CARROTHERS

    Iam a grandparent of 17 children 13 boys and 4 girls I smoke ciggeretts for 50 yrs I smoke marajuiana for 42 yrs I would much rather see my grandchildren smoke weed than ciggeretts I know first hand how addictive ciggs are and what damage they can do to your lungs,,heart ect. I do how ever believe that they should be of legal age of 18 to do this and til it is decriminalize I hope they dont do any of it. but if they choose to start then I would rather they do the less harmful of all MARAJUIANA I also agree that way to much money is being spent by our goverment on the fight to keep weed illegal this money could & should be used on schools and healthcare. thank you FREE THE WEED

  • ConservativeChristian

    I notice that one of the articles accompanying the original survey addresses the question of the impact that legalization of marijuana would have on youth and concludes that legalization of marijuana may result in more usage among youth (our children and grandchildren). It may well be true (in fact, probably is true) that legalization would result in somewhat more usage among youth. However, given that some 40% or more of youth already use marijuana, one has to ask about the relative harm of somewhat more usage among youth, in comparison to the harm of putting our young people in prison, and make no mistake about it: There are people who want to put our kids in prison if they use marijuana. Prison is big business; locking kids up is big business; arresting kids is big business; prosecuting kids in court is big business; and charging parents a fortune for “rehab” and “voluntary diversion treatment” is big business.
    Don’t let anybody fool us: Keeping marijuana illegal is not about keeping our kids safe. It’s about arresting them, prosecuting them, locking them up, taking away their opportunity for college, and charging the parents a fortune to keep them from going to jail. It’s about people who want to put your child in a cage with the sexual predators and make you pay to get them out.

    It’s time to stop locking up our own families over marijuana. Anybody who says it should stay illegal wants to put your kid in jail.
    It’s time to stop them from locking up our kids.

  • ConservativeChristian

    would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over a little marijuana. None of us would want our parent’s home confiscated by the police for growing a couple of plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

    And check out http://www.northpoint.org/ for some more great stuff about Jesus at work in people’s lives!

    • ConservativeChristian

      Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over a little marijuana. None of us would want our parent’s home confiscated by the police for growing a couple of plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

      And check out http://www.northpoint.org/ for some more great stuff about Jesus at work in people’s lives!

  • Michael L

    Weed needs to be legalized.

    As a 20 year-old college student studying marketing and economics, I consider myself an example that weed does not affect people in an overwhelmingly negative way. I maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, while smoking weed at least 5 times a week. During the spring, I play for my school’s lacrosse team, and smoking does not create any long-term physical difficulties. I also maintain a job during the summer and winter when I’m not in school so I can pay for school. I am completely self-sufficient and weed helps me relax. I don’t mean to sound cocky or over-confident, but all of these facts are real.

    There are way too many pros that out-weigh the short amount of cons in this argument. To get the short part over, let’s discuss the all the possible cons. Gateway Drug? Possibly, but this argument is explained thoroughly Tyler M.’s article above. I completely agree with his argument as well, peer pressure does play a big part in drug use. Peer pressure is what ignites most kids interest in marijuana in the first place. For me, it was more of a family thing. My whole family smokes pot so in my eyes, it isn’t a bad thing to do. Another con? Hmmm… there isn’t too many others, at least not that I can think of.

    The pro’s? Well there is just too many to overlook. Legalization of marijuana can possibly cause the creation of jobs, and increase in the countries GDP, and the possibility of taking the entire US out of this recession we’ve been in. With all the positive possibilities, why hasn’t the government legalized it yet?

    Is weed so bad? Should it be put on the same level as murder? Theft? Rape? Absolutely not. There is no need to put a kid who was caught with some pot next to a guy in jail who is in for murder, it makes no sense. While we’re on the subject of law enforcement, how are we spending our tax dollars? We’re spending money on someone to lock up someone for something that frankly, is not anything that causes any harm. The FBI, CIA, Local Police departments and even DEA have enough to worry about without having to deal with marijuana busts. Why bother with such an insignificant offense?

    Legalize it.