Why Growing Numbers of the Baby Boomer Generation Are Turning to Marijuana

(ALTERNET)   As US marijuana laws evolve and society distances itself from previous prohibitionist attitudes, the baby boomer generation (born roughly 1946-1964), is smoking pot at an ever higher rate—or at least more of them are admitting it. As of 2011, 6.3% of adults between ages 50 and 59 reported using marijuana, up from 2.7% in 2002,  according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “There’s a resurgence of interest in pot and psychedelics in baby boomers,”  Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, tells  The Fix. “Many of them had experience with these substances in college, then gave them up for their families and careers. Now that they’re retiring and no longer working, they’re more open.” Doblin, who is 59 and has been a regular toker since he was 17, says his marijuana use has become more “work-oriented” as he’s gotten older. “I better understand how to use [pot] for activity rather than just relaxation,” he explains. “It goes terrific with exercise and physical labor. Older people understand this better.”

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One Response to Why Growing Numbers of the Baby Boomer Generation Are Turning to Marijuana

  • Marijuana is the gateway drug. It’s a gateway to peace, love and understanding.

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