Making it this long as a baby boomer pothead couldn’t have been a picnic. 50 years of calling their guy, waiting for their guy, their guy getting a real job-type job and not being their guy anymore, their new guy going to prison, their new guy after that guy dying of old age.
Best case scenario, they’re in one of the states where acquiring recreational or medical weed is legal (and not some weird state where they can only get extract pills), but even that only shaves a few years off their five or so decades of arduous questing for bud.
After all that time, while living out their golden years, these white-or-no-haired ex-hippies deserve the ease of hitting a button on their phone app and having some weird kid showing up at their door a half hour later with a couple grams of tangie live resin.
That justifiable, though curmudgeonly, entitlement might explain what some are observing as a mass exodus of senior citizens to 420-friendly states from anywhere else.
Reuters is reporting “anecdotal evidence” from a UCLA study that says our nation’s elderly are following their noses and rolling their Rascals toward the smell of legal kush, many of them “people with health conditions which medical marijuana could treat… relocating to states with legalized marijuana.”
The report observed data from United Van Lines, a moving company, which showed that Oregon was the most popular moving destination in the U.S. last year.
The Mountain West, the region of the country that includes Colorado, also saw a big bump in new residents of the flower power generation. According to United Van Lines, one third of the people moving there said they were moving to retire.
“In Colorado, since legalization, many dispensaries have seen the largest portion of sales going to baby boomers and people of retirement age,” Taylor West, deputy director of the Denver-based National Cannabis Industry Association, told Reuters.
“A lot of the things marijuana is best at are conditions which become more of an issue as you get older,” West explained. “Chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, loss of appetite: All of those things are widespread among seniors.”
Finally, the Paul McCarney/Bill Clinton generation of weed-heads will be able to rest their weary bones, light a fatty, and tell us how easy we have it compared to them, the same way we’ll explain to our kids who’ll have their grams teleported to their coffee tables and their kids who will have their THC molecules nanoboted directly to their brains.
Since those in their 60s and 70s presumably have no desire to be skulking around on the criminal market in states where usage is outlawed, it makes sense they would gravitate to states where marijuana is legal.
“In Colorado, since legalization, many dispensaries have seen the largest portion of sales going to baby boomers and people of retirement age,” West said.
Chris Cooper had something else to consider – marijuana laws.
The investment adviser from Toledo had long struggled with back pain due to a fractured vertebra and crushed disc from a fall. He hated powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin, but one thing did help ease the pain and spasms: marijuana.
So when Cooper, 57, was looking for a place to retire, he ended up in San Diego, since California allows medical marijuana. A growing number of retirees are also factoring in the legalization of pot when choosing where to spend their golden years.