As the war on the cannabis plant finally begins to wind down it turns out that many older people have already forgotten about Nancy Reagan’s infamous “Just Say No” rhetoric, as recent studies show that many adults over the age of 55 are turning to the humble marijuana plant to fix what ails them, and in the process they are freeing up room in their medicine cabinets for more useful things like mouthwash and condoms (yep, weed’s good for the libido too).
A recent segment on CBS Sunday Morning reported how baby boomers are increasingly turning to medical marijuana to combat many common age-related conditions, including insomnia, pain, Alzheimer’s Disease and more.
Recent polling confirms that more and more Americans age 55 and older are using marijuana. Many baby boomers are, of course, no stranger to marijuana, having smoked copious amounts of it during the 60’s and 70’s.
24 U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and four states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado) plus our nation’s capital have legalized marijuana for anyone over 21 and regulate it much in the same way alcohol is regulated. Marijuana, for reasons more and more people are failing to understand, is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who initially opposed legislation that made his state the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use, told CBS that he now sees how it can work for those over 65.
“For seniors that want to, kind of, relax and don’t want to use alcohol, this is a choice maybe that they will embrace more than others,” Hickenlooper said.
Here is the CBS News segment: