Seniors' Craze - The 3rd age favorable to therapeutic & recreational use of cannabis
Seniors, especially boomers, are in favor of the legalization of cannabis; most of them advocate therapeutic cannabis, prompting the medical community to change their prescription… Secretly, the sixties cultivate their passion, still considered illegal…
Seniors favor decriminalization
De plus en plus de seniors favorables à une dépénalisation du cannabis, en témoigne le cas Américain et ses 25 états à avoir promulgué la marijuana comme d’usage de santé publique. Mais la loi fédérale en interdit expressément son usage, sa culture et la vente, considérant la plante comme n’ayant « aucun usage médical ».
Cannabis is framed in too self-serving laws, strongly targeted against the uninhibited use of a substance considered by the feds as equal to the worst drugs currently rife in their territory, such as heroin (opioid). Despite an urging the administration not to prosecute doctors and patients, cannabis is confined to state laws.
The case of Florida
Selon l’Université de Quinnipiac, les Seniors comptent parmi les plus favorables à une légalisation en Floride. Les + de 65 ans serait massivement pour un cannabis à usage thérapeutique. Malgré que 62% des 50-64 ans ont admis avoir fumer de la ganja, ils restent aussi « massivement » contre un usage récréatif de la marijuana, ce qui n’est pas une donnée fixe vu l’engouement actuel des personnes du 3éme age.
Ben Pollara, responsable de la campagne « United for Care » (en faveur du cannabis médicale en Floride) déclare :
« les opinions que nous entendons parmi les électeurs les plus âgés ne sont pas très différentes de celle de l’électorat en général. Pour la plupart, ce n’est pas un sujet controversé … Si leur médecin leur recommande un traitement particulier, qu’il s’agisse d’un traitement médicamenteux, d’un régime alimentaire, de la pratique d’exercices physiques ou de l’utilisation de cannabis thérapeutique, ils devraient être en mesure de suivre les ordres de leur médecin sans être traités comme des criminels. »
Florida became, Friday, May 2, 2014, the 22nd US state to legalize cannabis for medical use, particularly in cases of cancer or epilepsy. The law, passed the day before by the Florida House of Representatives, was approved by the local Senate.
“I am a father and a grandfather. I want my children and grandchildren to have access to the care they want, ”Governor Rick Scott said
Le médicament « moderne »
Americans over 65, who make up only 14% of the total population, mostly use (30%) heavy-duty prescription drugs, including highly addictive pain relievers. They (like most countries) use opioids like Vicodin for chronic pain (morphine). But it is clear that this kind of drug is highly addictive and does not promote beneficial treatment, the worse it may prove ineffective in the long term.
Dr. Igor Grant, a distinguished professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego says that
« Tout d’abord, il existe des preuves de plus en plus que le cannabis est utile dans la gestion de certains types de douleur »
Cannabis could allow the elderly to feel better: reduced pain, increased appetite, improved mood and sleep, prevention of Alzheimer's ... But also against the acute pain felt by nerve damage caused between another by chemotherapy or diabetes… so many beneficial properties which are currently being studied and validated.
A cannabis forest among French menagenarians
But what we know much less are the proven cases of retirees cultivating their cannabis themselves. A real passion for most of them, and an excellent way to round off their already very difficult end of the month ... As evidenced by many cases around the world, and in particular in France :
In August 2012, in Saint-Juéry, in the Tarn, a 74-year-old retiree was reported to the police. The latter had discovered at his home 77 plants of cannabis. A man of the same age, in September 2013, at Pouget, near Montpellier; the gendarmes had discovered at his home 52 cultivated plants. The man lived without electricity, for lack of money. September 2013, a veritable forest of cannabis is found in a sexagenarian living in Isère. Its crops extended over nearly 5000 m2. In all 500 feet, some of which reached 3 meters in height, were discovered, for a weight of 1,9 tons. He did not hesitate to say that this production was intended for his personal consumption ...
A grandma was denounced by a member of the staff of a retirement home in Tréport, Seine-Maritime. The granny had been consuming weed for 40 years and liked to "smoke a firecracker in front of an episode of Inspector Derrick".
She admitted having initiated and then fueled a resale network among retirees. The granny was denounced when she was preparing to offer 7 grams of cannabis to the 64 years of a comrade. She explained that cannabis was used to calm her pain and that of others ...