Medical Marijuana: Silver Tour Reaches Out To America's Senior Citizens

The narrative of the popular 1960s song entitled ‘Teach Your Children‘ by Crosby, Stills and Nash was for ‘parents to teach their children well’. Today the children of the World War II generation (the so-called ‘greatest’ generation) are teaching their parents (and their fellow Baby Boomers) about the wonderful utility of naturally-produced, non-toxic medical cannabis to successfully treat and/or manage a wide-range of health ailments.
NORML and High Times’ Medical Marijuana Magazine are the primary sponsors of the Silver Tour, a project of the nascent NORML Senior Alliance. The Silver Tour is championed by Robert Platshorn, one of America’s most successful cannabis smugglers and the nation’s longest serving cannabis prisoner (Robert served twenty eight years in federal prisons).
The basic mission of the Silver Tour is to speak and present at any venues on the topic of medical cannabis where senior citizens are clustered in large numbers–notably at senior living communities, retirement homes, religious centers and hospice.
One of the first public outreach events happened last week in Miami at a Jewish Community Center.

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  1. I either read or heard that an AARP poll showed that 80 percent favored legalization of medical marijuana. I have had a major spinal injuryand spent eight years on ever increasing doses of Oxycontin. I quit them five weeks ago(at the time I was taking 80 mgs.three times a day). I’m currently looking at a substance which is legal in Kansas called Marinol, a synthesized THC. A90 day supply costs $5500.00, no this isn’t a misprint. Can you believe it?

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  3. NORML needs to do more of this. We need to let everyone we can in this country know the truth about this war. They’ve lied to us for far too long, they’ve hurt us for far too long. END this war now.

  4. I’m 63 and was informed in 1967, it’s been a good life.If I had any hair left it would be silver.Keep up the good work NORML.

  5. Who ever thought this up is a very smart person or persons. The next election will be decided by a very small amount of swing voters (that would be you norml members and me). We don’t have enough votes to have a majority but whoever sides with us will win due to the number of votes we can generate. How cool that you reach out to my generation. Thank you.

  6. That was very effective…senior citizens are the most abused pharmaceutical drug recipients, they need to see the true value of cannabis as a medicine since it is often called a cover for recreational use.
    They will come to realize that any recreational use is moot in terms of use harm and the benefits too great to suppress.

  7. I would like to see this program visit Fresno County, the most conservative county in the state. This week, 2 dispensary operators will have their 1st hearing in Federal court. They are going to be accused of racketeering. There is a large Senior population here, and getting info from oncology nurses will count a lot. Please, keep up the innovative work. And, send them to Fresno County!

  8. Medical marijuana was/is now/and always has been a BS movement(18-27yr olds make up 70% of the Med Marijuana patient population…..Really? yup!); anyone that says different is/was not a true activist “or” had something to gain by its presence.
    I know alot of you may disagree, but things are better now. A line has been drawn with clear opposition and the Grey area (med marijuana) has been removed like a cancer that it was to the true movement (Legalization).
    Marijuana should be legal; any other outcome is not acceptable. Having said that, this topic should not dominate your life and definately should not be atop of any activists “to-do list”; there are far more pressing issues to wrestle with that if dealt with would assure your beloved legalization. Legalization will come but it will be achieved indirectly.
    I promise you all the medical marijuana movement was going to do was give the pharm companies another big pad day……and with the recent resched that ship may already be sailing.
    [Paul Armentano responds: “(18-27yr olds make up 70% of the Med Marijuana patient population…..Really? yup!)” Really? Please provide your data in support of this claim.]

  9. My wife i a cashier at Wal-Mart. She tell me story’s of more and more older customer who are smoking cannabis. That come threw her line. Some time she has to tell them that she can see there joint in there front pocket One couple who is almost blind all ways ask for her to help them shop They both use cannabis. My wife told them about some of the smoke shop in town they wanted to try some different rolling papers. And fin a nice glass pip. She tell me she see or should say smell more and more of her ww2 generation using this Drug ( Good for them )

  10. I’m 62. Weed doesn’t seem to help my carpal tunnel. That seems surprising, because I believe this is considered neuropathic pain.
    Budder seems to be effective against my Asperger’s (mild autism) by letting me perceive how distant I can be without realizing it.
    My father retired at 65 and was dead from cancer within two years. I’m very interest in the antitumor properties I briefly read about in the National Cancer Institute’s website.
    The $5500 cost for 90 days of Marinol is monstrous, but it does elucidate how vital it is not to let big pharma control medical marijuana as appears to be the Federal plan.

  11. I’m old enough to join AARP and will do so the day they come out, as an organization, in favor of ending the ruinous prohibition of marijuana (cannabis).

  12. Wonderful! However, I can’t say that they would be as well received in Pennsylvania, where the old folks have been pretty much thoroughly brainwashed. I’d be surprised if it were otherwise. If Pennsylvania’s silver group were for it, they could give some momentum to get that bitch Senator Patricia Vance to move the state’s medical marijuana legislation forward.
    And, since I’m on a rant, when the hell is the White House going to respond, as limp-dick as the response may be, to the We the People petitions that are pro-cannabis?
    Are they wiley or a bunch of lame dicks/ducks?

  13. We may still be the home of the brave, but we are not the land of the free. I will not vote dem. or rep. this go around. Its Ron Paul for me. This silver tour is a great idea. But the DEA and DOJ are out of control. Fast and Furious. The government of the elite, by the elite, out to get the people. I get so upset at the intentional lack of common sense that it just makes me sick. The government is intentionally standing in the way of peoples life path, preventing us from achieving success and happiness.

  14. I’d like to add this petition to the Whitehouse.gov We the People section, but would like to get some insight on it before I do. Please take a few moments to look over it and comment on anything you find that may be inappropriate and make suggestions which would empower the requests within. Thank you for being a part of something.
    Greg
    We the People of the United States of America
    Hereby respectfully request a televised State of the Union Address from President Obama which focuses entirely on the current issues regarding cannabis, including medicinal and recreational uses and the harms, if any, both proven and perceived, of each.
    Additionally, we request that Our President explain, in detail, his decision to reverse his “hands off” policy concerning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries who are in compliance with the laws of their state.
    We also implore you, Mr. President, to diligently explain to the citizenship the reason the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which is willing to test cannabis for safety and efficacy, has had research blocked by the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy), which currently holds a monopoly as the only federal agency with the authority to grant cannabis to an institution for research purposes.
    Furthermore, we would like to know why you feel it is warranted to deny medical marijuana patients their Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment Rights while those patients are in compliance with the laws of their state, and also why you believe it is appropriate to support the nullification of the First Amendment Rights of media outlets that chose to engage in business agreements with businesses operating within the boundaries set forth by the states in which they reside and conduct business.
    We compel you, Sir, to help us understand how arresting more than 750,000 citizens each year for simple cannabis possession alone, which burdens families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society in general, helps our nation or economy prosper during these very troubling and uncertain economic times.
    And finally, Mr. President, we ask that when you conclude your address to America, you immediately attend a well organized, well funded debate on the issues surrounding cannabis in America with media coverage tactically orchestrated to reach as many households as possible in order to give every possible citizen the opportunity to gain the most current, science-oriented insight into what the cannabis debate in this country really does consist of using the expertise of our nations’ top minds on the subject, both pro legalization as well as Prohibitionist opponents, after which you will interject your opinion on the matter and, within a reasonable timeframe, enact legislation to progress an agenda that supports the outcome of the debate, or more preferably, use your Presidential Power to issue an Executive Order which will enact the immediate changes necessary to finally bring this unfortunate, longstanding, embarrassing ordeal to a prompt end so we can begin, as a nation, to move forward once again.
    Sincerely,
    The American People

  15. I’d like to add this petition to the Whitehouse.gov We the People section, but would like to get some insight on it before I do. Please take a few moments to look over it and comment on anything you find that may be inappropriate and make suggestions which would empower the requests within. Thank you for being a part of something.
    Greg
    We the People of the United States of America
    Hereby respectfully request a televised State of the Union Address from President Obama which focuses entirely on the current issues regarding cannabis, including medicinal and recreational uses and the harms, if any, both proven and perceived, of each.
    Additionally, we request that Our President explain, in detail, his decision to reverse his “hands off” policy concerning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries who are in compliance with the laws of their state.
    We also implore you, Mr. President, to diligently explain to the citizenship the reason the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which is willing to test cannabis for safety and efficacy, has had research blocked by the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy), which currently holds a monopoly as the only federal agency with the authority to grant cannabis to an institution for research purposes.
    Furthermore, we would like to know why you feel it is warranted to deny medical marijuana patients their Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment Rights while those patients are in compliance with the laws of their state, and also why you believe it is appropriate to support the nullification of the First Amendment Rights of media outlets that chose to engage in business agreements with businesses operating within the boundaries set forth by the states in which they reside and conduct business.
    We compel you, Sir, to help us understand how arresting more than 750,000 citizens each year for simple cannabis possession alone, which burdens families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society in general, helps our nation or economy prosper during these very troubling and uncertain economic times.
    And finally, Mr. President, we ask that when you conclude your address to America, you immediately attend a well organized, well funded debate on the issues surrounding cannabis in America with media coverage tactically orchestrated to reach as many households as possible in order to give every possible citizen the opportunity to gain the most current, science-oriented insight into what the cannabis debate in this country really does consist of using the expertise of our nations’ top minds on the subject, both pro legalization as well as Prohibitionist opponents, after which you will interject your opinion on the matter and, within a reasonable timeframe, enact legislation to progress an agenda that supports the outcome of the debate, or more preferably, use your Presidential Power to issue an Executive Order which will enact the immediate changes necessary to finally bring this unfortunate, longstanding, embarrassing ordeal to a prompt end so we can begin, as a nation, to move forward once again.
    Sincerely,
    The American People

  16. Medical marijuana is real, but we should not need a proscription just to have it. The reason doctors give out prescriptions is because the material/drug is either dangerous and/or there are serious questions about its safe usage. The main reason for these concerns is the dosage; as nearly all drugs can kill or cause bodily harm in the wrong dosage.
    The difference with marijuana, it isn’t toxic in the first place, so therefore it shouldn’t be treated like it is toxic. Alcohol is toxic, its a fuel and a cleaning agent and poison that kills animal nerve cells among others. Alcohol can put you in the hospital close to death. If you go to the hospital for consuming more marijuana then you’re comfortable with its just for confusion and it more of an internal confusion the world still looks normal–you don’t become violent, no stumbling, not puking, acting like a jerk, not crashing a car or running someone over–just a little too panicky. With normal marijuana usage with or without a doctor involved doesn’t result in abnormal behavior, sickness or death–all the issues that come with alcohol like a ball-and-chain.
    What I’m trying to bring across is, laws and guidelines for marijuana usage, for any reason medical (it is very real) or just to “get high”, should be subject to controls below those for handling alcohol. The dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco simply isn’t part of the marijuana equation. But we’re supposed to pretend it is dangerous??? Really?

  17. @32 Greg – Obviously you have put for some serious effort to create this petition. I like it! There is one more thing that I’d like to add; but of course it is your petition so it is your decision. I’d like to hear the president answer this question as part of this petition: “Sir, if you had been busted for marijuana in your earlier years, do you think you would now be our president?”
    Keep up the good work Greg! People like you just might make a difference in this often indifferent world.

  18. I don’t know about the seniors and i wish them well and i hope those hypocritical, lying Christians wake up & learn the truth instead of condeming one of God’s greatest herb to mankind ( Marijuana ).
    I was going to comment about Obama along with the Fed’s taking thousands of jobs from Californians when i came across this article today . ( Of course, i was first to state this yesterday before this article even came out )
    Specifically, I’m concerned about the economic impact of this decision. Closing California’s dispensaries could jeopardize thousands of jobs. Not just those that are directly linked to medical marijuana, but physicians, security guards, solar-panel specialists, delivery drivers, lab techs, marketing specialists, attorneys, insurance agents, specialized government jobs, media jobs and many others. Local TV, radio, online and print media including The Sacramento Bee, the Business Journal and especially-full disclosure-the Sacramento News & Review have been helped by medical-marijuana advertising dollars. And the money that’s pumped into the local economy by these dispensaries is spent on rent, groceries, and at local restaurants and retail stores.
    Specifically, I’m concerned about the economic impact of this decision. Closing California’s dispensaries could jeopardize thousands of jobs. Not just those that are directly linked to medical marijuana, but physicians, security guards, solar-panel specialists, delivery drivers, lab techs, marketing specialists, attorneys, insurance agents, specialized government jobs, media jobs and many others. Local TV, radio, online and print media including The Sacramento Bee, the Business Journal and especially-full disclosure-the Sacramento News & Review have been helped by medical-marijuana advertising dollars. And the money that’s pumped into the local economy by these dispensaries is spent on rent, groceries, and at local restaurants and retail stores.
    Obama says he wants to create jobs but he’s doing just the opposite by taking them away .

  19. Don (34) Thanks for your input. Actually, you and I both already know the answer to that and I fear that specific question would really just give him the opportunity to gives us more spin, talk off point, or further discredit our request. However, what do you think of instead asking him to explain why, in light of his confessions of past drug use, he feels he doesn’t deserve to suffer the same indignity of arrest, incarceration, financial penalization, and mandatory drug testing that so many others have had to endure?

  20. The chief federal prosecutor in San Diego is contemplating expanding a federal crackdown on the medical marijuana industry by going after newspapers, radio stations and other outlets that run advertisements for California’s pot dispensaries, her office told The Associated Press on Thursday.
    U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy made the comments initially to California Watch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Journalism. They come a week after she and three other U.S. attorneys in California vowed to close medical marijuana businesses they deem questionable and single out people who rent buildings or land to the industry.
    “I’m not just seeing print advertising,” Duffy told California Watch. “I’m actually hearing radio and seeing TV advertising. It’s gone mainstream. Not only is it inappropriate – one has to wonder what kind of message we’re sending to our children – it’s against the law.”
    Of course, ” the Children ” never get exposed to billboards displaying alcoholic beverages or pharmaceuticals, heh, Duffy ?

  21. Laura Duffy the toughie
    U.S. attorney gets all hysterical about saving the children as she crusades on behalf of archaic federal pot laws .
    Duffy’s position— not to mention Holder’s and Obama’s — as an enemy of the trend toward widespread acceptance of marijuana as effective treatment for a list of ailments. Her stance is based strictly on the fact that Congress has failed to do the right thing and remove cannabis from the Schedule 1 list, which is occupied by truly dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine and LSD. She’s clearly a defender of the federal government’s archaic view of marijuana as being among the most dangerous drugs known to man with no medicinal value. She even spun the issue as a matter of child safety, using largely anecdotal evidence that collectives are selling pot to kids, arguing, for example, that medicinal marijuana is being sold in treats like ice cream — as if adults don’t eat ice cream. Smoking pot is unhealthful; that’s why it’s put in sweets and of course there are no mention of billboards pushing alcoholic beverages or pharmaceuticals…right, Duffy ?
    WE think a more appropiate name for this delusionalist would be, Laura Dummy .

  22. Greg, that is a good petition. From the petitions that I have seen there, I think you are limited to one or two paragraphs. The various petitions each seem to highlight one main point.

  23. @39 – You’re right of course! I think we all know that Obama knows the truth. Antaganizing him about this issue probably wouldn’t result in our desired outcome…

  24. HEY, I thought this section was to be for responses about helping educate the Senior crowd! This is a very important issue. If for no other reason then that they show up at voting stations. But primarly, they vote more from education than the junk they spew out on tv. Finally these are the very people that could directly enjoy the benifits of the many medical marijuana products that they have available to them. There was a large and very professional event put on at large senior living complex in orange county Califonia. Many people were brought from outside the area also. The event went so well they were asked if they could do it again.Seniors want to know whats going on to. It takes so little time to tell them you care.
    The unpopular Terrorist attack, “A Day That Should Live in Infamy” May4.org

  25. @48 – I’d sign this petition if I could find it. Can someone out there provide a link?
    I’m not expecting the Obama Administration to answer any cannabis related petitions in a way that will satisfy any of us. Probably, they will get the DEA (maybe Michelle Leonhart herself or the good ol’ drug czar) to provide the official responses. But hey, we all need to keep on trying!

  26. @ Don-I haven’t put it up yet. I had a friend look over it and he was kind enough to point out my atrocious punctuation violations, especially in the last paragraph so I’m going to reformat it before I put it out there.

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