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Marijuana Update

A cultural evolution is underway with cannabis and Americans of all ages.


(CALGARY, Alberta) - “Marijuana, Once Divisive, Brings Some Families Closer” is the title of the article in Saturday’s New York Times.

The title says it all.

Bryan, 46, brings cannabis to his aging parents.

Alex, 21, supplies his father, 54. “We spend our bonding time making brownies,” Alex said.

Florence, 89, gets pot from her daughter, 65.

The Times reports fewer than 1 percent of people over 65 reported smoking marijuana last year. Nearly 4 percent, about six times as many, in the 50-65 age group, made the same admission.

To the rites of middle-age passage, some families are adding another: buying marijuana for aging parents.

There is a change of the tide in perceptions of this heavily condemned plant that for some has meant incarceration, and others liberation from life threatening illness.

From the NY Times article:

Bryan, 46, a writer who lives in Illinois, began supplying his parents about five years ago, after he told them about his own marijuana use. When he was growing up, he said, his parents were very strict about illegal drugs.

“We would have grounded him,” said his mother, who is 72.

But with age and the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, his parents were curious. His father had a heart ailment, his mother had dizzy spells and nausea, and both were worried about Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. They looked at some research and decided marijuana was worth a try.

See the full article: October 9, 2010: New York Times Marijuana, Once Divisive, Brings Some Families Closer - John Leland

Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class — a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (notably on a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a hack writer for the mainstream media and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves — writing and trying to make the world a better place

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