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May 17, 2013

"Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers?"

The title of this post is the headline of this lengthy new Forbes article which gets started this way:

Like many of her peers, Zoe Helene, 48, smoked marijuana in her early 20s but gave it up as her career in the digital world took off in the 1990s.  Today the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist lives in Amherst, Mass., and is building a global network of trailblazers called Cosmic Sister.  Since she married an ethnobotanist in 2007, she has returned to using cannabis occasionally — “as a tool for evolving and expanding my psyche.”

Helene is among a group of women that Marie Claire magazine has dubbed “Stiletto Stoners — card-carrying, type-A workaholics who just happen to prefer kicking back with a blunt instead of a bottle.”  She’s also one of a growing legion of boomers who are returning to marijuana now that the stigma and judgment (and laws) surrounding its use are becoming more lax.

Massachusetts, which decriminalized pot in 2008, became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana, last year.  In the 2012 presidential election, which New York Times columnist Timothy Egan called America’s “cannabis spring,” Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational use, launching weed into the national spotlight and spawning a flurry of marijuana initiatives.  Since then, decriminalization bills have been introduced in 10 additional states, and legalization is being considered in 11 states and Puerto Rico.

This trend, along with decriminalization in cities like Chicago, Boston, New York and Denver, has removed a major “barrier to entry” for law-abiding citizens who would use cannabis as medicine or a substitute for alcohol.  No longer worried about breaking the law or having their kids discovering their “dirty little secret,” many boomers are returning to a substance they once enjoyed.  Others, who never stopped smoking, are coming out of the closet (or the garage) about their use.

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The title of this entry is, "Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers?" But only a single person is mentioned in the part of the article that appears in the entry. The person is described thusly:

"Like many of her peers, Zoe Helene, 48, smoked marijuana in her early 20s but gave it up as her career in the digital world took off in the 1990s. Today the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist lives in Amherst, Mass., and is building a global network of trailblazers called Cosmic Sister."

Oh, OK. I have no doubt that a former doper who is now passing herself off as a "multidisciplinary artist" and "environmental activist," and running a "global network" of "Cosmic Sisters" while living in the leftwing hotbed of Amherst, Mass., smokes dope.

What I doubt quite a bit is that such a person is in any way, shape or form representative of Boomers as a whole, as the title of the entry implies.

She's representative of fringe-group, aging hippies, you bet. But the entire generation???

Now if someone cares to produce a neutral poll showing that a majority of the generation now retiring, or anything close to a majority, smokes dope, I would be most interested. But we'll have to do better than this highly selected, flyspeck, one-hippie anecdote to establish the far broader claim that pot is "Booming Among Boomers."

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 17, 2013 10:51:11 AM

: : Like many of her peers, Zoe...the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist...building a global network
of trailblazers called Cosmic Sister...married an ethnobotanist...using cannabis occasionally — “as a tool for evolving
and expanding my psyche.” : :
: : "a forum for interesting and thoughtful discussion with progressive thinking...highly-educated, sophisticated
victims [who] tend to be less vindictative than their lessers who expoit their pain..." | Posted by: Mark | May 17, 2013 : :

: : USA TODAY: IRS gave liberal groups a pass while targeting conservatives | WZZM : :
: : Pro-Life Groups Confirm: IRS Targeting Began in 2009 | frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert : :
: : IRS shifted conservative targets after scrutiny: report | Reuters : :

This article & current news highlight 1/2 of the "two Americas", not that identified by John Edwards,
but that as delineated by the I.R.S.

I.E. (1.) those law-abiding, patriotic conservatives, and (2.) those -- who in the I.R.S., Homeland Security, F.B.I., and DOJ, persecute them -- self-righteous 'tolerant' and evolving progressives.

Posted by: Adamakis | May 17, 2013 3:27:10 PM

My first reaction to Mr Otis' comment was along the lines of who are you to legislate this kind of morality -- it shouldn't matter if around less than 1/10 of 1% of US adults are interested in smoking marijuana. A majority have decided that the state should have as much business in legislating weed as it does tobacco.

But on the other hand, we have to keep feeding the prison-industrial complex, the employment home for so many unemployed factory workers whose jobs are never returning to America, as well as a place for poorly adjusted ex-military who haven't been able to adjust to more productive roles in society. We're already seeing the beast finding new sources of nourishment, with hackers being handed decade+-long sentences where similar infractions earn the offender a paltry 15 months in the UK. With so many people trusting their web-browsing habits to Google and Apple, it's only a matter of time before the copyright laws become more draconian as well.

I recommend we have a look at the anti-litter laws from Singapore, only with a good 10-year sentence rather than a couple of whacks on those degenerate gum chewers' bums.

Posted by: Bill Kidder | May 18, 2013 2:20:25 AM

Bill Kidder --

"My first reaction to Mr Otis' comment was along the lines of who are you to legislate this kind of morality[?]"

Absolutely no one. That's what I don't legislate it. Congress does. Take it up with Harry Reid and Pat Leahy. Also Barack Obama, who can ask for legislation any 'ole time.

The rest of your comment, while doing a good job as a Mother Jones parody, does not address, and still less rebut, a single word I said. The entry purports to be about Boomers flocking to dope, but discusses only a single Boomer, that one being a person no one could possibly think of as a fair representative of her generation.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 18, 2013 9:01:32 AM

Someone 48 years old is not a Boomer.

Posted by: liberty1st | May 20, 2013 10:55:54 PM

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