When I saw that no one was going to smoke dope at my high school reunion party (the subject of my last post), I realized something very profound. My classmates are in the life stage between “smoking recreational marijuana and smoking medical marijuana”.
And there will be mass quantities of medical marijuana in our future. Because “medical” marijuana exists, the baby boomer generation will want to smoke it. And baby boomers are very accustomed to getting what we want because we are so big, you cannot stop us. We are like the Godzilla of generations.
Now everyone knows that “medical” marijuana is a joke. It has no medicinal value at all. But when people smoke it, they get so high that they forget that they are sick at all. You really have to hand it to the hippies in California though. They found a way to smoke dope legally and get the government to pay for it. The government even rolls the joints for them. This proves that dope-smoking hippies are smarter than our government, but you probably knew that already.
But when enough aging baby boomers retire and start getting more ailments, they are going to demand medical marijuana. And I say we give it to them. Medical marijuana is already legal in 15 states and the baby boomers will demand it made legal in all 50.
I don’t think that medical marijuana for old people is a new concept. How many times have you seen photos of men in the Arab world smoking hashish from a hookah? These guys are always old (they have gained respect and access to the hookah), have very long beards (if you take time to shave in the morning, someone might beat you to the hookah) and are sitting on the floor (you don’t want to fall out of a chair when you pass out from the hashish).
So I think a whole new medical plan should be developed for old people who want to smoke medical marijuana. I would call it Medicare Part Do-B. This sure beats the hell out of Obamacare. Actually it is the opposite of that plan since it was the developers of Obamacare who were the ones smoking dope.
Of course enrollment in the new Part Do-B would be entirely voluntary. But I think it would be very popular. If your doctor says he could prescribe the newest prescription drug which might help your condition but it has side effects of explosive diarrhea, enflamed hemorrhoids, swollen testicles, and an insatiable desire to listen to Neil Diamond songs or you could just smoke weed, many people are going to choose the weed.
I know that I am advocating legalized pot for old people, but the arguments against total legalization don’t apply here. Senior citizens are not going to move on to harder drugs. They are not going to become criminals to support their habit. They are not going to ruin their lives, nor will they become dealers. All participants in Medicare Part Do-B will have to surrender their driver’s licenses to get their dope.
And old people take plenty of expensive drugs now. In the last years of her life, my mother took a long list of prescription drugs for a variety of conditions. Her doctors and nurses actually expected me know every medicine she was taking and what is was for. The list was so long that when I was asked if my mother was taking a specific drug, I would answer “probably” which always really ticked them off.
So you could replace all these drugs with weed. Sure some people would die sooner, but they would sure as hell die happy. And if you have spent any time visiting someone in a nursing home, you know that dying happy is probably underrated. You would have to invent a hookah device with extensive safety features or nursing homes across the country would go up in flames.
On the positive side, the cost savings could save Medicare. Medical marijuana would become a big cash crop that would create thousands of jobs which would help the unemployment problem. Finally, you could heavily tax it and plow the money into the social security fund and help resolve that problem as well.
The biggest issue left is the stigma associated with the term “medical marijuana”. So we need a new, medically oriented, name. I would use Weedburnzadox. You know a prescription medicine is good if it has a “Z” or an “X “in the name and this one has both.
Of course there will be commercials extolling the great benefits of this “new” drug that features a unique incendiary delivery system that enables it to enter your blood stream quickly through the lungs to provide fast relief. Common side effects include anxiety attacks, cotton mouth and the munchies.
Ask your doctor (or your friend Cheech) if Weedburnzadox is right for you.