Baby boomers have become a growing market segment in the legal cannabis industry as the acceptance of medical cannabis treatment continues to spread across the world, and now it appears that medical cannabis treatment may offer senior citizens a safer alternative to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.
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Seniors are consuming more marijuana to help manage their pain. Could medical marijuana help some people replace their opioid prescriptions?
Senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic of marijuana users in the country, and they’re finding more ways to use it than ever before.
Seniors are becoming as the fastest growing segment of the marijuana industry. According to a national survey, usage among adults 65 and older is up 250 percent, while adults 50-65 have also increased usage nearly 58 percent.
Iowans are increasingly supportive of medical marijuana. A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 80 percent of adult Iowans approve of medical marijuana legalization. Iowa has a medical marijuana program, but it only allows people with epilepsy to use low-THC marijuana oil—and that program will expire during the summer of 2017.
Controversy is stirring in Massachusetts after state law enforcement raided the home of an 81-year-old grandmother for a single marijuana plant.
At a U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing entitled, “Opioid Use Among Seniors – Issues and Emerging Trends,” on Feb. 24, 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, discussed how investing in medical marijuana research could help tackle the opioid crisis among senior citizens.
In south Florida, a new billboard has appeared, and it is urging senior citizens to get out and vote for medical marijuana. The ornate sign has a senior citizen in a wheel chair and reads, “Legalize Medical Marijuana. I’m a patient not a criminal.”