Old Tokes Home: Should The Grandparents Smoke Weed?


Well last night’s Daily Show was on point, as correspondent Al Madrigal tracked down a senior advocate of medical marijuana consumption, for a lively interview with Robert “Bobby Tuna” Platshorn


Weed; long popular with the hipster set, (talking about you, 18 to 25) is beginning to make serious headway into a slightly different demographic. As America’s elderly witness the death rate amongst their pill popping pal’s skyrocket. Many are beginning to consider turning to medical marijuana as a means of putting down their life-threatening, over-the-counter prescription medications.

To me, nothing is scarier than America’s pharmaceutical industry. Little does more to make me confused; nauseous, shaking with night terrors, dizzy with vertigo and leaking from gas with oily discharge then the pills the AMA endorses. How much money does this country waste annually, on mind-bending prescription drugs, treating diseases – we didn’t know we had.

Sure there are a few “side effects” of these new AMA endorsed wonder drugs such as… Anemia, Dizziness, Excessive bleeding (sometimes fatal),Facial flushing, Fainting, Fast heartbeat , Heart attack, High blood pressure (hypertension), Abdominal pain, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dry mouth, Dyspepsia, Intestinal bleeding, Nausea, Rectal bleeding, Stomach bleeding, Stomach pain, Upset Stomach and Vomiting…but isn’t your health and well-being worth it?

As America’s aging population continues to turn to marijuana – both as their recreational substance of choice, and as medicine. The number of people 50 and over who are now reporting the use of pot, has gone up one full percentage point (1.9% to 2.9) from 2002 to 2008. The most notable increase in marijuana consumption was amongst the 55 to 59-year-olds. Whose reported pot use increased, from 1.6% in 2002 to 5.1% in 2008. Very cool!

As our countries aging demographics continues to work in favor of marijuana’s outright legalization, many expect that number to go ballistic, as 78 million baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1964 are queued up, and ready to smoke marijuana legally. For this group, there was never any doubt, no propaganda could change their mind…weed was good and they knew it.

Well last night’s Daily Show was on point, as correspondent Al Madrigal tracked down a senior advocate of medical marijuana consumption, for a lively interview with Robert “Bobby Tuna” Platshorn. Join Al as he examines the growing  recognition of medical marijuana’s value by seniors.


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  1. FortCollinsResident on

    Thank you to whoever posted this article. I think the folks at the Daily Show did an outstanding job at mocking the problem in in the pharmaceutical industry. The industry is built from a governmental system that uses debt to increase profit. The pharmaceutical companies depend on people having “ailments” in order for them to obtain customers. So much to the point that they “create” conditions by legally passing drugs that create actual, fatal conditions, and we’re seeing it in our seniors. The industry is literally profiting from killing our senior citizens. The ADA is supposed to operate in the “public interest”. To me the health and well-being of the “public” is “public” interest, correct me if I’m mistaken.

    The ADA must be held accountable for not operating in the public interest, which is in fact a constitutional violation. The ADA denying to identify marijuana as a medicine that better operates in ACTUALLY having much more benefits than ailments (unlike typical drugs) means they are denying the public interest. This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Wake up America.

  2. I’m old and I smoke marijuana. Nothing odd or new about it. Every Wednesday night my old buddies and me gather to toke
    and joke… some guys have quit, some have started uo again, some never stopped since “Nam. I haven’t anyway. My point is
    that smoking dope is not some phenomenon you presumably younger folks have discovered. The implication of your
    question asking should grandparents smoke is offensive, patronizing and demonstrates you are an uniformed person. Go
    do some hitters asshole and mellow out.

    Have a nice day,


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