Traditionally, one of the hardest demographics for marijuana reform supporters to convince is the senior demographic. It’s important to reach this demographic, because it’s also the demographic that votes the most. Senior citizens grew up being taught that marijuana is evil, and for decade after decade they were exposed to misleading marijuana propaganda. As a result, many seniors across America are reluctant to support recreational and even medical marijuana legislation and initiatives.
This is a sad thing, because seniors benefit more from medical marijuana than most other demographics. It’s no secret that as people age, their body begins to experience aches and pains, and sleeping becomes more difficult, in addition to other conditions. As the great Robert Platshorn of The Silver Tour points out, medical marijuana can replace many prescriptions that seniors take, especially those relating to pain and insomnia. ‘Isn’t it better to go to sleep with a smile?’ is something I’ve heard Mr. Platshorn say. Robert Platshorn is a senior citizen himself FYI.
The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has been fierce, and since Florida has so many seniors, the senior vote is going to be vital to a victory on Election Day. It appears that many seniors are on board with Amendment 2 in Florida, which would legalize medical marijuana. Per Alternet:
About 84% of Florida voters who support the initiative are older than 65, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted this spring. Among all voters, support was at 88%. Among voters 50- to 64-years-old, 62% admitted smoking marijuana, more than any other demographic.
The level of support among seniors in Florida is very important, and something that I can’t state enough. If Amendment 2 wins the senior vote, or is even close to winning the senior vote, victory will be had on Election Day. The opposition in Florida is well funded, and is spreading propaganda every chance they get. Please make a contribution to the Amendment 2 campaign today if you are able!