In the small town of Marvell, Arkansas, investigators found a modestly-sized pot field behind an apartment complex for senior citizens. The grower had been watering the young plants with a garden hose. One person deemed the pot farm “terrible.” Others simply thought the senior was watering a tomato garden.
The confiscated pot farm probably belonged to a senior citizen who used the marijuana for relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, or even Alzheimer’s. Perhaps those plants were the only form of salvation and freedom from pain for this elderly grower. Maybe they served as natural, herbal medicine for both physical and mental conditions of the senior.
Now their medicine has been taken away. They will have to resort to taking over-the-counter concoctions with unknown side effects in order to deal with their aches, pains, and other conditions such as depression. All of this comes at a time when this country is clearly unable to handle not only the physical health ailments of the elderly, but their subsequent mental conditions as well. Unfortunately, there will always be naysayers who disagree with marijuana use as a legitimate medication for senior citizens.
On the political front, a Gallup poll showed only 31 percent of Americans age 65+ support legalization. Given senior citizens tend to be amongst the most active voters at the polls, every weedist should be concerned about educating seniors about cannabis and mobilizing them to end prohibition. The Feds are trying to silence Robert Platshorn and stop his Silver Tour, which is focused exactly on cannabis education for senior citizens.