Slowly but surely, every ridiculous stereotype and all the propaganda that has stood in the way of sensible marijuana legislation is being eroded. It’s taking some time, but the world is beginning to acknowledge the fact that most of the negative press is completely unfounded BS. And the more regions and nations that relax the rules on marijuana, the clearer the message is becoming.
This week brought about the revelation that contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just younger people that are making the most of the fact that marijuana is more widely available than ever before. In the United States in fact, the latest statistics show that the 55-and-over demographic is in fact the fastest-growing of all in terms of pot users nationwide. From 2013 to 2014 alone, the previous estimate of 2.8 million marijuana users among this age bracket spiked to a colossal 4.3 million users.
What makes the figure all the more extraordinary is the fact that those aged 55 and over make up no more than about 14% of the total population of the US. Nevertheless, they also account for around one-third of all prescription drug users. Marijuana is increasingly being turned to as a safe, effective and affordable treatment for a wide variety of conditions, with fewer side effects and without the highly addictive characteristics of so many conventional drugs.
As each new revelation with regard to the medical benefits of cannabis becomes public knowledge, more adults of all ages than ever before are giving it a shot. And not only are they giving it a shot, but millions are using it on a regular basis and finding it has the potential to dramatically improve their everyday lives.
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, a South Wales village has apparently had its usual tranquillity broken by a herd of stoned sheep. Reports state that the wasted woolies were seen running into traffic, breaking into homes and generally wreaking havoc on the place.
It’s all said to have kicked off when the sheep accidentally came across what was left of a cannabis factory which had been scrapped and dumped in the picturesque village of Rhydypandy. There was apparently quite a lot of weed left in the remains of the factory, which after being left in a field was summarily eaten by the sheep.
And it’s said to have caused plenty of trouble in the interim.
“There is a flock of sheep roaming the village causing a nuisance,” said County councillor Ioan Richard.
“They are getting in people's gardens and one even entered a bungalow and left a mess in the bedroom.”
Officials are now worried that the sheep may find the rest of the dumped plantation in other areas in the locality, which could lead to even more bizarre and problematic behaviour.
“I dread to think what will happen if they eat what could well be cannabis plants - we could have an outbreak out of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village,” Richard said.
Fly-tipping has long been a problem in the area, though this is said to be the first time anybody has left the remains of an illegal cannabis factory right by the side of the road. No humans have yet been injured as a result of the rampage, though one sheep was killed when it wandered off into a busy road.
“I told the council officers to make sure it was reported to the police before removing any evidence of what looks like the dumped remains of a cannabis growing establishment,” Richard said.
When contacted for comment, the local council said that the remains of the cannabis factory had been cleared away as quickly as possible, though it was impossible to confirm how much more of it had been eaten by the sheep before its removal.