In the middle of the last century, unless a person was wealthy or grew their own, quality weed was difficult to obtain. Today’s marijuana culture has changed for baby boomers. The pot they smoked in the 1960s and ’70s was unlike that available so easily in today’s market. With the advent of internet media, the world of growing quality dope is at the fingertips of anyone who wants the information.
Magazines with advice about growing pot, such as High Times, were only available to adults. This was because they were only sold in liquor stores or head shops. In the ’70s, a head shop was where a person could buy pipes, screens, and other such items. However, a person had to be 18-years-old to enter the weed paraphernalia section.
Today, the stores are often called smoke shops. In states where there is medical and/or recreational marijuana, smoking accessories are available in dispensaries and retail bud outlets. However, a person can find almost anything they are looking for online. Even Amazon sells what they call Herb Pipes. Purchasing anything from pipe screens to grinders and pipes is much simpler now.
An article in SFGate posed the following question: “Where do your parents go when they need weed?” The article further reports the results of a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, completed in 2013. They are as follows:
- Comparing results from 2002 and 2013, the study finds an increase in usage of marijuana by five percent. In adults between 55-59, the usage in 2013 was significantly higher. In 2002, the usage was 1.6 percent as opposed to 6.6 percent in 2013.
- In adults between the ages of 60-64, the usage range was 2.4 percent in 2002 and 4.7 percent in 2013.
In the southwestern states, the easiest marijuana to obtain was called Mexican weed. It was sold in baggies. There were nickel and dime bags. Sometimes the dealer called the measurements two finger bags, etc. These baggies of pot held leaves, stems, and had a tiny amount of flower parts. Seeds were also very common.
As the industry in the states has grown, the variety of marijuana has also grown as well. For example, there are strains which have extremely high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels. Also available are varieties with low levels of THC. The marijuana found today offers different cultural changes for baby boomers, both in quality and availability.
There have been warnings issued to those who quit smoking pot years ago. Baby boomers who begin to smoke again should take it slow. If a person chooses to begin smoking again, it is recommended they begin with a lower THC level marijuana.
A person needs to take the time to figure out what their tolerance levels are. As with any new drug, take precautions before driving or attempting to complete any task which requires mental clarity.
Vanity Fair magazine quotes a man who delivers weed in Brooklyn, NY. He comments on re-emerging smokers who are in their 50s, “It’s kind of crazy when you have someone who hasn’t bought pot in a while,” they are surprised at how different weed is now.
Marijuana has been illegal for 78 years now. Currently, four states and Washington D.C. have recreational marijuana laws in place. According to a report in USA Today in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans were in favor of the weed’s legalization. Whereas today, recreational legalization of weed is much more favorable among Americans.
Research was done by 24/7 Wall Street to predict which states are likely to be next to legalize recreational marijuana. They looked at the laws in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado prior to their legalization laws being put into place. It was determined that each of the states had reduced or decriminalized pot usage.
The next step was to look at other states who have similar changes in place. Based on the formula used by 24/7 Wall Street, there could be 11 more states which legalize recreational use of marijuana. The baby boomers are in the midst of many marijuana culture changes.
By Cathy Milne
Edited By Leigh Haugh
SF Gate: How Does the Baby-Boomer Generation Get Their Weed?
USA Today: The Next 11 States to Legalize Marijuana
High Times Magazine: 2015 Michigan Medical Marijuana Cup; Saturday Recap
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