The first time Susan smoked pot, she was 16. It was the fall of 1965, and she was hanging out in the lobby of the newly built Inn on the Park, where singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was holed up while in town for a concert at Massey Hall.
“You know, the one where he went electric, which pissed a lot of people off?” Susan says. “So my girlfriend and I were downstairs, and Bob Dylan comes down and brings us a joint. We smoked it with him, and he said, ‘Isn’t this great?’ But it didn’t do anything. I thought it was overrated.”
A little while later, Susan got high off weed for the first time. She hasn’t really stopped smoking since. At 68, she’s part of a growing trend of women over 60 who are gaga for ganja.
While cannabis use among high school students in Canada is declining, a 2012 Statistics Canada community health survey found that the percentage of older users has quadrupled since 2002. The increase in the U.S. is just as dramatic. A 2016 study published in the journal Addiction indicates that marijuana use among those 65 and up swelled by 250 per cent between 2006 and 2013.
These days, Susan smokes pot using a vaporizer, a move advised by her doctor….