This ain’t the weed of the ’60s, Gramps

While legal marijuana is new to California, cannabis is an old companion to Lee.

“I’ve been using since I was a junior in college in, what, 1966?” said the 70-year-old real estate broker, browsing in Torrey Holistics, a Sorrento Valley cannabis dispensary. “I never thought I’d live to see the day it was legal.”

Even before Jan. 1, when California legalized recreational weed, pot was enjoying a gray renaissance. Between 2006 and 2013, the National Survey of Drug Use and Health reported a 250 percent rise in marijuana use by Americans 65 and older. This is still a small number, climbing from 0.4 percent to 1.4 percent of that population, but local dispensaries see plenty of silver-haired shoppers.

“This is probably the most interested — and wariest — group,” said Lincoln Fish, CEO of Outco, noting that the average customer at his Outliers Collective in El Cajon is over 58 years old.

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3 Responses to This ain’t the weed of the ’60s, Gramps

  1. “I never thought I’d live to see the day it was legal.”

    It’s NOT legal. Federally it is against the law. Some states seem to think they can ignore federal laws.

    • Wirecutter says:

      The federal government doesn’t have the power or the Right to regulate marijuana.
      Go read your Constitution – it very clearly lays out what the powers of the federal government are.

      • CC says:

        Interesting to note both cannabis prohibition & gun control are rooted in the same old racism.

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