South Florida Seniors Comment on Pot Use, Are Hilarious

Categories: Marijuana
We told you a few weeks ago about South Florida activist Robert Platshorn, who is raising money to put out hundreds of informercials informing senior citizens about how weed is, like, so good for you. He says the senior demographic is key to the legalization movement, and his Kickstarter is going great guns in the right direction.

The centerpiece of today's Sun-Sentinel also helps that movement -- by revealing that getting high with old people is probably one of the most fun things you can do with a Schedule I controlled substance.

The print edition's headline is "Turning a New Leaf to Get Pain Relief." The online version, however, much better matches the tone of the story: "Reefer tokin' seniors in South Florida see pain go up in smoke." You can check out the story on their website (unless you're stuck behind the paywall), but, in case you were on the fence about smoking up your octogenarian neighbor, here are a few of the choicest quotes that should inspire you to break out the bong and call Herman and Ethel over for a good time:
"It's like taking a magic pill," said a 70-year-old Boca Raton woman who smokes pot almost daily to counteract cancer chemotherapy pain. "I can have a crappy, crappy day and I take one toke and in less than three minutes I'm leveled out and feel wonderful."

But when a friend with an out-of-state prescription for medical marijuana offered a joint to alleviate the "excruciating" pain of a shoulder injury, Mary took a chance. "I had one hit and I went, 'Oh, dear God, this is awesome.'"

For years, a 65-year-old Pompano Beach retiree tried every manner of drug from Dilaudid to morphine to battle pain from damaged bones, arthritis and fibromyalgia. "I've been on all the hard drugs and nothing happens," he said. Then he sampled a little reefer.

"I'll tell you, the first hit there was Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day," he said. "The only thing that helps is happy grass."
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Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.




In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-dependent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.




Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.




Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.



This article is great !!  When folks realize that marijuana is medicine and forget the lies and misinformation that they've been fed for 75 years, we will be able to make progress toward reform of the laws governing this natural and harmless pain reliever.  The most recent scientific information, which is suppressed by our government, shows that for many ailments, marijuana is superior to a lot of addictive, man-made drugs.  Regulating and taxing marijuana just like we do with wine and beer, is a sensible approach to legalization.

Megan Sellmer
Megan Sellmer

Most people would choose to smoke pot than taking prescriptions but pot is illegal so they will continue paying outrageous amounts of money on drugs that have more side effects than benefits. Legalize pot and let the people choose what they want. I think everyone will be surprised in the end.

knowa1 topcommenter

Cannabis prohibition was not based on science or fact.  It was hoodwinked on use by lies greed and corruption it has always been part of our economy from the tall ship laden with marijuana(HEMP) canvas sails and  ropes to the Marijuana covered wagon going west.  It been a medicine for thousands of years till the miss guided prohibition machinery got addicted to history's most golden cash cow.  To day the most Patriotic thing we can do is cancel the war on drugs 70 years of the most destructive policy since slavery has no given us  most black people in private prison slave labor camp in the US than before the Civil War.   Enough is Enough

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