Silver Tour: Wall Street Journal Looks At Seniors and Medical Marijuana Use

Today, the Wall Street Journal is featuring a news article and video casting light on the High Times and NORML-sponsored ‘Silver Tour‘ featuring former federal cannabis prisoner Robert Platshorn (who served nearly a thirty year sentence for a cannabis-only related criminal offense).

To donate or learn more about Robert and the Silver Tour, click here.

From Wall Street Journal:

LAKE WORTH, Fla.—Selma Yeshion, an 83-year-old retiree here, says she long considered marijuana a menace. “I thought it was something that was addictive” and “would lead to harder drugs,” she says.

Then she attended a presentation at the local L’Dor Va-Dor synagogue in April put on by a group called the Silver Tour. The group aims to persuade seniors to support legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Florida. A series of speakers, including a doctor, a patient and several advocates, argued that pot was just what the silver-haired set needed to combat conditions like chronic pain and insomnia.

Read more and watch video here

16 thoughts

  1. I’m not a comedian, but it would be nice to have a happy mellowed out grandmother that brings joy to everyone than an angry psycho ex-nanny who complains and criticizes you and your spouse non-stop.
    Medical Marijuana would make being old fun.

    Hey, I’ve voted for Ron Paul today at the primaries.

  2. That last reply I did wasn’t really funny. I’m getting old also and been doing some shopping around for some nice customized vaporizers.

    I’ll be a happy old man at my victory garden watching my cannabis sativa grow when I’m silver.

  3. heck ya old folks are a big problem when it comes to a contrary voice in cannabis prohibition. But if the government wasnt so corrupt with everything then the old people could complain all they want and i would still be tokin this spliff legally.

  4. Cannabis is a blessing as we age. Many of us who have used it since the 60’s are in very good health, mentally and physically, and still find it to be a welcome and instructive companion.

  5. This is the group of people who were growing up beliving in reefer madness as a true story where now we watch the movie and laugh. People trusted the government more back then. Now that generation is dying off and the whole world will change. I think for the better. Being set in your ways unwilling to learn or consider new ideas is not the way to help anything.

  6. At 57 years old I can tell you cannabis is a very useful tool in the fight with aging. I eat better, sleep better and it really helps with the pain that comes with aging. The safest way to help yourself feel a lot better.

  7. Here in CA, I’ve been thankful 2 have been able 2 purchase Medical Maruijuana 4 some time. However, it’s still way too expensive 4 me. I am on a Fixed Income. My “regular” Rx’s run me upwards of $75 per month, minimum. These dispensaries don’t give me ANY break in their prices at all. One measly eighth costs $60-$75!!! I take far less pills, but legalization is the ONLY way 2 CUT costs! The dispensary owners are making money hand over fist with NO kind of regulation! Canada is a BETTER model! I PREFER the pot, but something MUST be done about PRICES if you REALLY want 2 bring SENIORS on board! That’s a REALITY, NOT a PIPE DREAM, folks!

  8. The thing is, i hope this catches on in the retirement communities and finds the right spots where these older people live at.

    It took me awhile to convince my grandma pot was safe, but what convinced her was the fact that it could prevent cancer or even lower cancer risk. I would say in order to convince the older people you need to use all the newer studies that are starting to show the health benefits of marijuana.

    To be honest even in the conservative base the reason why they fear marijuana is because they were brainwashed by big pharma and the federal government to be scared into believing it was bad by lumping it into the other bad drugs.

    We need to help the older people and help the staunch conservatives overcome this fear that they have been told by big pharma and that legalization of marijuana will not be the end, but a new beginning.

    Please whatever you do people donate as much as you can for the silver tour, if this silver tour can go into Florida and into the deep south including Texas, we may be able to pull this off and recruit more members to help for the cause.

  9. OK folks its time to make a stand. The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. Email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:
    To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

    Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

    I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.


    Voting Citizen
    & Member of the Movement

  10. Wow. Thirty years for a cannabis related offence! The laws on cannabis are a lot more relaxed here in the UK. I’m hoping that the government will pursue the use of cannabis on medical grounds, but, as usual, it’s all about the money! I couldn’t imagine my parents being pro marijuana for medical ground, let alone my nan!

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