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Most Medical Marijuana Supporters In Florida Are Senior Citizens


grandma marijuana senior seniors cannabis grandpaTraditionally, one of the hardest demographics for marijuana reform supporters to convince is the senior demographic. It’s important to reach this demographic, because it’s also the demographic that votes the most. Senior citizens grew up being taught that marijuana is evil, and for decade after decade they were exposed to misleading marijuana propaganda. As a result, many seniors across America are reluctant to support recreational and even medical marijuana legislation and initiatives.

This is a sad thing, because seniors benefit more from medical marijuana than most other demographics. It’s no secret that as people age, their body begins to experience aches and pains, and sleeping becomes more difficult, in addition to other conditions. As the great Robert Platshorn of The Silver Tour points out, medical marijuana can replace many prescriptions that seniors take, especially those relating to pain and insomnia. ‘Isn’t it better to go to sleep with a smile?’ is something I’ve heard Mr. Platshorn say. Robert Platshorn is a senior citizen himself FYI.

The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has been fierce, and since Florida has so many seniors, the senior vote is going to be vital to a victory on Election Day. It appears that many seniors are on board with Amendment 2 in Florida, which would legalize medical marijuana. Per Alternet:

About 84% of Florida voters who support the initiative are older than 65, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted this spring. Among all voters, support was at 88%. Among voters 50- to 64-years-old, 62% admitted smoking marijuana, more than any other demographic.

The level of support among seniors in Florida is very important, and something that I can’t state enough. If Amendment 2 wins the senior vote, or is even close to winning the senior vote, victory will be had on Election Day. The opposition in Florida is well funded, and is spreading propaganda every chance they get. Please make a contribution to the Amendment 2 campaign today if you are able!


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  1. I’m. Included in that statistic…since 67…summer of love…. pot is a wonderful safe, pain reliever, appeitite stimulant, nausea, menstral cramps, anxiety, and depression..so stick that in your pipe and smoke it…peace

  2. Michael Swannick on

    Hi Everyone,

    As a former New York State Law Enforcement Sergeant and sick 9/11 First Responder, I’d like to explain why myself and many other sick Floridians need the passage of amendment 2 come Nov. 4th.

    My Medical Conditions: Renal Cell Carcinoma – Right Nephrectomy, Papillary Cancer – Thyroidectomy, C.O.P.D., Asthma, Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Atelectasis, Reactive Airway Dysfunction Syndrome, Severe Sleep Apnea, Growing Lung Nodules, Right Temporal Brain Lesion, GERD, Pre Barrett’s – Severe Dysplasia, Degenerative Spinal Disease, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, unexplanable weight loss of 50+ pounds and RLS.

    I wasn’t always pro (Legalization of Medical Marijuana) Amendment 2. It wasn’t until the pain medication that I was prescribed starting making me sick, that’s when I decided to do some research and experiment with marijuana. When I found a 40% – 60% reduction in back pain, my RLS was 100% relieved and I had my appetite back (my weight loss has stabilized) with no stomach issues, that’s when I was convinced that medical marijuana was/is the correct course of treatment for my medical conditions. My quality of life has been increased dramaticlly, thanks to Marijuana.

    Prior to my experiments the only experience I had with marijuana was when I was a teen, I just couldn’t envision how patients were going to benefit by using this medication. But, I was basing my assumption on my past use when I was a kid, I wasn’t sick back then, I was a vibrant kid who felt great.

    I had no idea just how superior marijuana was/is over opiate medication. With one kidney, I need to be very careful when taking Vicodin, Oxycontin, Codeine and all the other dangerous, addictive pain medication that physicians are allowed to prescribe to patients. I don’t want to destroy my remaining kidney and end up on dialysis, aside from that… My stomach is shot from all the medications I’ve had to take over the years, as well as all the steroids and GERD. My stomach will no longer tolerate these medications, I get sick within 15 minutes and then my stomach is shot for the rest of the day. I’m out of options, If physicians can prescribe dangerous opiate medication, I cannot find any logical reason why they should not be permitted to prescribe a less harmful medication like marijuana. ALL medical treatment options should be between patients and their physicians, politicians and/or the law should have no business interfering with “ANY” treatment options that are available.

  3. Laurel Hutch on

    We ‘flower children’ know that the bias against Marijuana is bullsh*t! Just because we are ‘straight’ these days, doesn’t mean we are narrow!

  4. You are bang on. “Marijuana” is a pejorative introduced by Hearst due to his enmity with Pancho Villa and, of course, hemp competing against his timber empire. America only knew (and loved) “cannabis” on several different levels but had never heard of marijuana before 1937. So when Hearst’s lickspiddle, Harry Anslinger, put forth the Marijuana Tax Act, congress were frightened of this killer weed of Mexico and most never knew it was the same as cannabis. So yes….let’s get back to the word cannabis.

  5. Justsomeguy151 on

    Let’s get the terminology right too. The proper term is cannabis. Marijuana is the Mexican slang name for it that the DEA pushed to play on racial prejudices. Also, people haven’t been going to jail for a little marijuana but for voluntarily ingesting A PLANT, while harming no one.

  6. The one thing about growing pot is it requires allot of attending and care to correctly harvest medicine. there will thousand of seniors wanting to grow their own strain of Florida Bud. Vote Yes On 2

  7. concernedparentandtaxpayer on

    It’s time for all of us to start doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our child put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with their aches and pains. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

  8. kelley davis on

    These bongs are very expensive. I love mine but I hate to think of retirees not getting some kind of a brake on the price.

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