Ah, the good old days when we could recognize the dope smokers. It was those long-haired Spicoli types riding those blasted snowboards. The first Olympian to win a gold in snowboarding, Ross Rebagliati, was found to have THC floatin’ around in his bloodstream. After first having his medal revoked by the IOC, an arbitration panel returned the medal to Rebagliati, ruling that marijuana was not on the list of banned substances and not a performance enhancer.
Still, as evidenced by the United States Olympic Committee’s decision to send Scotty Lago home for the crime of celebrating like a 20-something-year-old, when the world is watching, the Olympic Committee become very nervous parents. You know, the kind that obsess over image and reputation. From this puritan perspective, comes some very ironic, interesting news just released during these Winter Olympics about marijuana use.
Surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have seen a marked increase of marijuana use among baby boomers. The number of folks aged 50 and older smoking reefer has risen form 1.9 percent in 2002 to 2.9 percent in 2008.
The biggest increase of marijuana users was in the 55 to 59-year-old group, with the rise from 1.6 percent to 5.1 percent. These are unheard of increases.
With a sigh of relief from the USOC, the marijuana news this Winter Olympics is not coming from halfpipes and snowboarders, but pipes owned by the AARP set.