Just Say Maybe

Just Say Maybe
Posted by CN Staff on September 22, 2006 at 14:23:28 PT
By Dan Neil
Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles -- A couple of months ago I was at a Hollywood party—except it was in Silver Lake—when two attractive, daughter-aged women came in with a large trash bag, which turned out to contain about three pounds of extremely exotic, highly fissile marijuana. They dumped the bag out on a coffee table right in front of me.The party, a rather listless affair until then, perked right up.
I will spare you my college days' dope-alogue. Suffice to say this wasn't the most ganja I'd ever seen in one place, by about 1,000 pounds. But it had been two decades since I seriously contemplated a table full of brain salad, and I was impressed. And surprised. People still get high?Illicit drug use peaked in the late 1970s—I can only take partial credit—and has declined more or less steadily since. According to the government's 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 20 million Americans age 12 or older, or 8.1% of the population, are illicit drug users, and that figure has been stable for the past four years. Marijuana is by far the most used illicit drug, with about 6% of the population (14.6 million) toking up on a regular basis. Yet marijuana use among young people has leveled off, and among kids 12 to 17 is dropping sharply.The only headline news from the government's report, released this month, was that drug use among baby boomers is up sharply, 63% since 2002, with marijuana being the drug of choice. Well, I had a premonition of these statistics when I was sitting around the coffee table, the oldest person there by about a lifetime. It seems I was the only one who knew how to twist a proper spliff. Without quite realizing it, I had become a folklorist of weed. Snipped:Complete Article: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:  Dan NeilPublished: September 24, 2006 Copyright: 2006 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Article:Drug Use Up for Boomers, Down for Teens -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on September 24, 2006 at 14:21:08 PT
I agree with you. That was very well said.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on September 24, 2006 at 13:55:22 PT
Actually I believe our use is up, because of the naturally attending numerous pains and ailments that afflict us as we get older. Cannabis is the greatest healing herb on the planet. It's not because we 'realize' our president is an idiot, that's not an uncommon understanding throughout the world, it's for more simpler, actually profound things like the reality of life.Relief of pain is the intention of most 'drugs' though there is a distinction between 'drugs' and 'medicine' or most specifically 'drugs' and 'herbs.'The intent of the corporate drug dealers who profit from our pain is clear in the history of their marketing and influence and lobbying with the federal government- buy their products of suffer. Make them rich on your/my pain. But of course since cannabis is such a universal herb, whose medicinal uses have been documented since the beginning of time, it is truly a threat.Us 'baby boomers' brought the cannabis awareness into the front, so it's no surprise that many who bought into the status quo, are returning to the ways of their youth, because contrary to the wholesale failure of the pharmaceutical industry to provide safe, affordable medicine, cannabis does deliver.
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Comment #2 posted by user123 on September 24, 2006 at 13:20:06 PT:
"drug use among baby boomers is up sharply, 63% since 2002, with marijuana being the drug of choice". Think this has anything to do with them realizing we had/have an idiot for President? 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 22, 2006 at 14:47:29 PT
Upcoming Medical Marijuana Conference
Medical Marijuana Group Sponsors Pot Conference***By The Willits News Staff September 22, 2006 
The Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board will sponsor an all-day educational conference on the ins and outs of medical marijuana law on Saturday, September 30. The conference will occur at "Area 101" a ranch located about ten miles north of Laytonville.The event will feature tips on growing pot organically from Jake Couch, an explanation of medical marijuana law by Pebbles Trippet and a slide presentation on the "endo-cannabinoid systems in the human body" by Dr. William Courtney. These workshops will take place between 12:30 and 2 p.m.The main attraction of the day's events is a debate between Kevin Broin and Tom Allman which will take place beginning at 3 p.m. A debate between Meredith Lintott and the late Norman Vroman was to have taken place also, however Vroman's death Thursday forces a change in plans. A 10-course Indian dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. and music from various performers beginning at 8 p.m. 
Copyright: 2006 The Willits News
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