The Pot Parade--From a Baby Boomer's Perspective

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    [IMGL=white][/IMGL]If you're young and are basking in the illusion that you and your generation alone are the first to discoverer all the splendors of cannabis, this blog will probably be of no or little interest you. But if you, like me, are an older member who has been smoking weed since the Beatles were still together, pull up a chair and read along.

    Marijuana--weed, pot, hooch, gunga, whatever you choose to call it--has been the one drug in my life to consistently make me happy and cause me no negative effects: no addiction, no astronomical expense, no health issues resulting from its use. I've smoked since I was 14 (not advocating that), then on and off throughout my life, and now smoke for medicinal reasons. Truth is, in my experience I cannot think of a single bad thing to say about sensible cannabis use--and I'm 61 years old and have been smoking pot for 46 years--so I suppose my opinion about the whole pot legalization matter is worth the two cents at which society values it.

    No one is more thankful for the positive turnaround in world view on this little green weed than I am. Actually, with my state coming up for vote on medical use this coming November, I've got my fingers crossed, am rubbing Buddha's tummy, praying to all gods ever heard of, and hoping beyond hope that all goes well and without a hitch for the benefit of all the ill people and pain patients (like myself) who will benefit from the use of this amazing little plant.

    On the light side, as I look back over the years I remember so many conversations with staunch, pot-smoking friends and associates, like myself, who also long feared that if our DOC was never legalized we Baby Boomering weed-heads would wind up being dragged off to some industrialized Boomer Prison where we'd rot away the remainder of our lives for our insistence of smoking the drug we loved so much. (*Makes for a funny visual now, but I assure you the fear was very real, way back when.) We never in a million years thought that pot would be accepted and actually become a new cultural phenomenon. Goes to show that you really never know what what the future holds in store.

    *The photo above is not of me, though someday soon it could be!

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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Cwb20022
    Im with you. Im only 27 yet still never could imagine weed being legal. Unfortunately there still in the process of just decriminalizing pot around me. So I'll be a while til Pennsylvania makes a switch. If ever. But i got hopes on new jersey. They seem to be more open then pa. But who knows it seems like the original thirteen states are last at changing laws .
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Thanks for reading and commenting, CW. Yeah. I was born and raised in New Jersey and although in many ways it's a lenient state (guess it has to be to a degree since its northeastern corner (where I was raised) bunks right up against NYC, laws change slowly there and throughout the tri-state area, which, as you know, includes Pennsylvania where you live.

    Hopefully once the newness of this worldwide fascination with the little green weed starts to fade, sensible laws will go into affect and things will calm down into some state of normal. Again, thanks for the response.
  3. Alien Sex Fiend
    [email protected] Canada says we will legalize, support is huge, seeds are legal, cannabis bars are open, but OMG what about northern usa states? all canadians will be deemed unholy traffickers! so its up to northern states of us and A
  4. prescriptionperil
    Of course, I'm with you, too. Except mine is obtained legally now. It was surreal the first time I stepped foot in the dispensiary to make a purchase.
  5. TFrankle
    The baby boomers definitely still have the edge in a number of ways I reckon - protests that actually achieved things, music that will probably be excellent for ever, the dismantling of a lot of negative social constructs around gender and race, and the popularisation of recreational drug use.

    However, given that the 'War on Drugs' was introduced in 1971 by Nixon, and that the legalisation of marijuana at a state-level began in 2012 in Washington, it could be argued in fact that it was the 'boomers who messed it all up, and that it took some solid, open-minded Generation X lawmakers to finally turn that around...... ;)

    Said with my tongue firmly in my cheek.
  6. Booty love
    I think you will appreciate this song!
    Who got the hooch? Booty gots the hooch. Lol

    Dont you just envy the hell outta me sometimes;)
  7. tatittle
    The drug war started LONG before 1971, just ask any jazz musician from the 1940's. NJ and California are usually the 1st to try new laws.
  8. Beenthere2Hippie
    We Boomers claim no responsibility for Richard Millhous Nixon, as he is not and never has been a Boomer. Period. Therefore, it's a good thing your tongue was in your cheek, Francis, 'cause it's closely at hand for you to lick up the innuendo of you Boomer Ball-Breaking talk quite readily.

    Now, get down and lick.

  9. TFrankle
    Hmmmm, but wasn't Millhous simply obeying the will of the people, who had grown tired of all those hippies and mods and rockers and avant-garde artists and music journalists getting loose and wild all over the place, smoking their jazz cigarettes and taking that LSD stuff? Apparently it sent The Beatles mad, that's why they went to India and came back with strange songs about the number 9.

    So maybe if the boomers had been able to control themselves a little better Richie N wouldn't have had to declare the war on drugs?

    Would you like a lollipop? :cool::D
  10. TFrankle
    I have to tell you however that I enjoyed being called Francis. Feel free to do so at any time.
  11. Spiritos
    Nice to read your lingering thoughts about the time when it wasn't all so cut out weed was going to be semi-legalised. I can imagine at times it can even seem a bit of a bitter pill, watching the next generation so carelessly treading those paths your generation paved for us.

    I'm quite younger than you (40) but I've always been an old soul (not being spiritual here) and already found in my relative short life that history predominantely exists in the making of it. With this I mean, every generation has it's own counterpoints and battles, all emerging upon the very ceiling that is yours while being the floorlevel for us.

    As such I can imagine it at times could even bring some sort of melancholia from your perspective as the history you lived and shaped now for the next generation rapidly becomes obsolete. This already even is the case for me (old soul ;)).

    Still, I envy you -even while fully aware the grass is always greener and I'm a sentimental romantic longing for a past not mine. But to me the 60-70's have had such a pull on me ever since I was a kid. The innocence, the non corrupted, media-unaware (or awry) people you see on documentaries for eg. You can clearly see or almost taste (and smell? ;)) the atmosphere of change in those times.

    To me contemporary times are nihilistisc, decadent and lacking a moral compass, a goal actually, a cause... And I'm not talking about ISIS or capitalism ere, I'm thinking onthologically. A common cause, social coherence; not as a meltingpot but more as a mosaique I'd think.

    Oh my, I'm rambling on a bit. It's 3 AM over here and I really should go to bed.
    In any case I'd like to thank you for your kind and encouraging words in the thread about "How we treat ech other". I doubt we share the same demeanor towards the use of drugs but as far as I'm concerned that is a non-issue AT ALL!!

    Bye now!
  12. Beenthere2Hippie
    To answer your question, humans (actually, several mammal species) have been using substances to alter their mood and/or kill pain since the dawn of time, so as much as we hippies would like to take credit for the loosening of morals having taken place in modern society, we cannot.

    So, no, Milhous has nothing at all to do with it.

    I have to ask: aren't you the same guy who said: "The baby boomers definitely still have the edge in a number of ways I reckon - protests that actually achieved things, music that will probably be excellent for ever, the dismantling of a lot of negative social constructs around gender and race, and the popularisation of recreational drug use," just two or three posts above this one?

    Anyway, thank you for stopping by to comment, and enjoy your lollipops.

  13. TFrankle
    That comment was posted some time ago, before I grasped as fully as I do now some of the pitfalls of online communication.

    I can't tell what tone you are intending with the above comment to me, so for safety's sake I'll go with serious, and respond in kind.

    I was being flippant in my posts - I understood our conversation to be lighthearted and (for want of a better word) playful. I was following on from my comment in jest about the baby boomer being responsible for the war on drugs. I thought that particular comment was so patently ridiculous that it could only be taken as the joke it was intended as, and as such I made the assumption that following comments back and forth were also in the same vein.

    However, assumption is the parent of a brood of miscommunications, and maybe this is the case here too.

    The lollipop reference was made to play off of the comment that was made about getting down and licking. As with everything else, flippant.

    So to clear things up, the only statement I made - aside from this one - that is representative of my true point of view is:
    "The baby boomers definitely still have the edge in a number of ways I reckon - protests that actually achieved things, music that will probably be excellent for ever, the dismantling of a lot of negative social constructs around gender and race, and the popularisation of recreational drug use."

    Everything else was just stirring the pot in a friendly manner; however I'll be more careful about how I do that in future. In fact, wise to simply be prudent about all comments and communications - even the most heartfelt and genuine statements can get badly misinterpreted at times.
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