After All These Years – Pushing 60 with Pot

by on February 22, 2008 · 8 comments

in Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights

By Norm Kent

I am close to being a senior citizen. Though I will always think of myself as a student at Hofstra who was the 19 year old President of the Sophomore class, I am turning 58 this year. Damn, 60 is around the corner!You know what that means? When I open a newspaper in the town I have lived in for the last thirty years, I know the people in the obituaries. I am older than some of them. When the city councilmen go to jail for the bribes they always seem to take in every city everywhere, I realize they are kids I grew up with. That means I smoked dope with them, got laid with them, partied with them, and got drunk with them.

If you are from the 1960’s, let’s be honest. Pot was the least of the things we did. There were mushrooms and Quaaludes, acid trips with LSD, body painting, psychedelic and psychotropic drugs up the yin yang tree. So a little weed was just a nominal high. By the time we were 20, we were reading about classmates who overdosed on Heroin.

Some of us really got into marijuana, though. It was a chance to individually transport ourselves to a higher consciousness, to strip away stress and let our bodies reach sensory highs.. It was a chance to feel and touch on a cosmic level, to tune in and turn on.

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avatar OB Joe February 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Right on, Kent! it is kinda a bad nightmare to think that pot is still illegal. yeah, we did fail to right this wrong … but hey, ya know, we did okay on some other issues, like Vietnam, the draft, women’s liberation, end to segregation, and loosening up the culture a whole heck of a lot!


avatar Frank Gormlie February 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm

For those interested, check out “Debunking the Hemp Conspiracy Theory” posted very recently.


avatar John F February 24, 2008 at 8:57 am

How is that the generation pushing 60 is so comfortable with pot yet none of the pot laws have changed?

I like the author’s suggestion of no drug laws after 55. How can you argue with someone who gets better results from an herb grown in the garden then handfuls of expensive pills.

Even though the laws are still there and CA dispensaries were raided. The next generation seems to be growing more and stronger pot than ever.

The idea that the pot is somehow so much stronger now is amusing to me. Isn’t that a good thing? That means you don’t have to put as much smoke into your lungs to get the same effect. That’s what I call progress.

Anyone interested in meeting medical MJ patients and a doctor should consider attending this upcoming meeting:

Hope Unlimited San Diego Cannabis Support Group Meeting –friendship and understanding-March 12th @7pm

come meet Dr. Robert Sterner and hear him speak about Medical Cannabis and Healing

Free Appetizers
Free Coffee
Come meet other patients-great place to make friends!
Have any questions, comments, or concerns?

Call 414 418 0140
or email


avatar Shawn April 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I forget what I was going to say.


avatar OB Joe April 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Jay Leno once joked that marijuana activism is an oxymoron.


avatar w.e.b. April 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Like sweet tart.


avatar OB Joe April 24, 2008 at 9:37 pm

My problem with pot activism is that there are so many more issues out there that demand our attention … although I’m glad someone is doing it.


avatar w.e.b. April 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm

yur problem joe is yo dont take enuff herbal remedies.


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