by David Downs
From the Wall Street Journal today, (pardon all the stupid puns they use, they can't control themselves): “The Silver Tour, ... has been delivering its pot pitch at retirement communities and places of worship around Florida. The group was founded in 2010 by an unlikely activist: Robert Platshorn, who served nearly 30 years in federal prison for his role in what drug-enforcement officials call one of the biggest marijuana-smuggling rings of the 1970s. Pot promoter didn't top Mr. Platshorn's list of preferred careers upon his release in 2008. But he says that after meeting numerous older patients whose conditions would be relieved by cannabis, but who had no access to it, he felt moved to champion their cause.
"Nobody in the marijuana movement is talking to seniors," Mr. Platshorn says. Yet "seniors are the only damn people that go to the polls." In Florida, people 65 and older represent 24% of eligible voters compared with 18% nationally, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.
"People who are 65 and older helped sink a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize pot in California, voting 66% against it, more than any other age group, according to exit polls."
"Only 0.4% of people aged 65 or older in the U.S. used marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes in a 2009 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But 6.1% of those aged 50-54 used it, suggesting that use among seniors could rise as baby boomers age."