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Big Marijuana’s Target Is Older Americans, Not Teens

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grandma marijuana senior seniors cannabis grandpaMarijuana reform opponents love to tell people that if/when marijuana becomes legal nationwide, teen marijuana use will explode. ‘The children, what about the children!?’ The worry that teenagers will consume more marijuana after it becomes legal is easily debunked. Currently teenagers can get marijuana very easily because the market is unregulated.

Drug dealers don’t have an age limit, and they never check ID. Compare that to a properly regulated marijuana market where distributors are required to check every customer’s age. You hear teenagers talk about how marijuana is easier to obtain than alcohol because with alcohol you have to know an adult that will buy it for you, compared to marijuana, which only requires asking the right friend who has it. I know it was that way for me when I was growing up.

A new research paper was recently released which found a demographic shift of near-daily cannabis consumers to the over-50 crowd and away from the 12-21 crowd. This would suggest that when marijuana becomes legal nationwide, there will be a huge increase in consumption in the middle-age demographic, not the teenager demographic. I think as this information becomes widely known, it will increase support for reform among older Americans, which will be very significant!

Below is a video from TWB contributor Radical Russ Belville talking more about the topic:

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  • Aptosian

    I’m 60 and a daily smoker for over five years, treating a seizure disorder that resulted from the brain cancer treatment. Through that experience, I recognize older bodies stand to benefit more than younger bodies who don’t have the same needs. That’s not to say that a little bit for anyone over 25 or so is probably still a good thing. I think people younger than that should let their minds get settled on a few things before the alterations that can come with cannabis should be considered. It should be a reward for having worked hard enough to establish a career and then used as a health supplement, moderation being a key component to the line between good health and abuse, which can’t kill you no matter how hard you try. Never happened before in the history of man.

  • dontfearPuffReaper

    being in my mid 50’s,suffering from lots of aches & pains from living large in my youth, HELL YA Best medicine ever !
    I highly recommend this to anyone suffering or a medical cond. and wants a better life, no more aches in the morning, a good nights sleep, no more corp drugs for pain management, nothing like it !
    Medical Cannabis is it for me ! xD xD xD