Old habits die hard- or something on the similar lines can be said about baby boomers who seem quite excited about the possibilities of legalized weed in the USA
• The Research
Researchers from HIV/HCV Research, Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s Center for Drug Use and New York University School of Medicine evaluated the response of 17,000 participants and released the findings in the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The findings revealed that approximately 9% of the population between the age of 50 and 64 had used weed in the last year. The people in this age range who were born between 1946 and 1964 belong to the baby boomer generation.
• Baby Boomers
The baby boomers were born during the years when the hippie scene was thriving and in full swing. Marijuana became a mainstream drug during the 1960’s and 70/s with the rock and roll culture taking a grip on the youth of the nation.
Palamar said that most of the baby boomers in the study first smoked in their teens or early twenties. He was not sure if they smoked for all these years or started recently. He believes some of them may have used it only occasionally. He also jokes that we don’t have to worry that our parents and grandparents would start to toke.
The researchers found that 92.9% of the baby boomers were under 21 when they first had any experience with marijuana. So the surge in recent cases of marijuana use was the result of a habit formed long ago.
Some researchers have even established the trends about the usage of substances like marijuana. They found that drugs like marijuana first become popular with niche groups and then gain mainstream popularity. The popularity reaches a stage when the youth is more likely to try it. After the expansion, the usage of the drug starts to decline.