Reefer Roadshow Sells Oldsters on Medical Pot
'Silver Tour' hits Florida retirement communities
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2012 5:21 AM CDT
Only 0.4% of Americans over 65 use marijuana, according to a 2009 study, but 6.1% of those aged 50-54 use it.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(Newser) – After serving nearly 30 years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Robert Platshorn is still pushing pot—but this time it's political. The 69-year-old has founded a group called the Silver Tour that aims to convince seniors of the benefits of medical marijuana, the Wall Street Journal finds. "Nobody in the marijuana movement is talking to seniors," who are more likely than other groups to vote against legalization, says Platshorn, but "seniors are the only damn people that go to the polls."

Platshorn says he founded the group after speaking to fellow seniors whose medical conditions could be eased by medical marijuana but who had no access to it. The Silver Tour's roadshow, featuring doctors and other professionals, has recently been touring retirement communities and places of worship in Florida. After a presentation at a synagogue, one 83-year-old retiree said she had gone from thinking marijuana was a menace to wanting to get some. "I have pain in my back, so it would be nice," she said. "Damn it to hell, I want to try it once in my lifetime."

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May 30, 2012 3:36 AM CDT
Hemp instead of corn for fuel. Would stop the cost and depletion of corn as food for people and livestock. No common sense, no hemp. Stupid. My birth mother named me Mary Jane, so I found out at age 60. How prophetic that is. I Agree older people would benefit from using MJ, I'm 76 and am a daily user, have been for years. I have had a book published, founded a non profit org. and now have a blooming career in photography, My work appears in the local papers and it feels good to have your passion rewarded. The worst of it is having enough $ to buy it when on a fixed, small income. Still, it's a lot less than prescription drugs, and none of the side effects. Going to sleep, feeling relaxed and less stressed, enjoying music and art sure beats the side effects I hear about on TV on prescription drugs. You can bet the pharma industry will do anything to keep marijuana illegal. You can't get a patent on a plant! Same thing with the ONE MINUTE CURE. It addresses many of our dreaded diseases for practically nothing ($) but you can't get a patent on Hydrogen Peroxide or distilled water which would undermine the drug industry. We as people have a lot of waking up to do, meanwhile I am thankful to be able to use marijuana as I do, it keeps me less stressed and gives me pleasure all day long. I am not using it to get stoned and stupid but happy and productive and motivated. How can you beat that?
May 29, 2012 4:36 PM CDT
"After serving nearly 30 years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana-smuggling ring" Yah, I'd be a bit angry, and looking for some payback.
May 29, 2012 3:59 PM CDT
show them this and explain how it is directly related to Americas "war on drugs" it is very disturbing but a reminder of how our policies in this country affect millions in another