Baby boomers and marijuana, an unlikely pair? Not so much. A recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that marijuana use has greatly increased among baby boomers in the past decade and is expected to continue to rise. The report showed that marijuana usage by baby boomers has doubled, and even quadrupled in some age blocks of individuals above 50 years of age.
The report also showed the combined medical and recreational marijuana industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, partially because baby boomers’ marijuana use is expected to increase faster than any other demographic.
Sue Taylor, a retired Catholic school principle, is teaching other Baby Boomers such as herself about the medical benefits of marijuana. California has certified Taylor to teach the state’s medical marijuana program to senior care facility nurses and managers looking to continue their education credits.
“When I go in to any senior facility and I give the presentation to the seniors, they resonate with me right away. Number one, because I am a senior, and number two I tell them you don’t have to smoke it, and they become very interested,” stated Taylor.
By the end of 2015, more than 110 million Americans over 50 are expected to be using marijuana, and that number could increase by seven percent in the following five years, according to a recent study by global research firm.
Many of these baby boomers are using marijuana for medical reasons such as relief from chronic pain, while others enjoy using marijuana recreationally, just like alcohol. “I smoked for years before I had my kids then stopped, said a retired teacher and baby boomer. “Now they’re gone and I am free to do what I want again… And smoking pot is one of them.”
Baby Boomers are a big swing vote for medical and recreational marijuana legalization. Typical senior-related ailments make them candidates for medical marijuana and likely to be pro-marijuana. Currently, only a small percentage of medical marijuana users are seniors, but that number is expanding as more and more retire. In the U.S., 10,000 people turn 65 years old every day.
source: www. azmarijuana.com