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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Study Finds Baby Boomers Use Marijuana

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently conducted a study of baby boomers and marijuana use. The study found a 2.9% increase in marijuana use among people age 50 and older. People aged 55 to 59 reported using marijuana frequently from the year 2002 until 2008. It seems members of the AARP have the same recreational activities as some American teens.

Researchers cited a lax view on marijuana stemming from the participants upbringing during the 1960's in today's baby boomer generation. An increase in leisure time and "empty nest syndrome" were also a contributing factors, as well as marijuana's effects of diminishing the "aches and pains of aging."

Keith Stroup, lawyer and founder of NORML, a marijuana advocacy group, went on the record to defend the 55 and older age group's marijuana use. He said "For the longest time, our political opponents were older Americans who were not familiar with marijuana and had lived through the 'Reefer Madness' mentality and they considered marijuana a very dangerous drug. Now, whether they resume the habit of smoking or whether they simply understand that it's no big deal and that it shouldn't be a crime, in large numbers they're on our side of the issue."

Perhaps the AARP will help change the tide of the nation's present marijuana laws.

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