BABY BOOMERS INCREASINGLY EMBRACING POT
While anti-drug public-service announcements still encourage parents to talk to their teens about drugs before someone else does, two recent studies suggest there’s another high-risk population t0 be worried about: grandparents.
The first study found that, since 2006, marijuana use has increased significantly among adults ages 50 and up. A decade ago, roughly 4.5 percent of people ages 50 to 64 and 0.4 percent of seniors age 65 and up had used marijuana in the past year. By 2013, those numbers had increased to 7.1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. In percentage terms, marijuana use among 50- to 64-year-olds increased by 57.8 percent, while among seniors ages 65 and up, it ballooned by a whopping 250 percent.
The study, based on over 45,000 responses to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, isn’t the first to note that marijuana use is increasing rapidly among older adults. But it digs more deeply into the demographics of older Americans’ marijuana use, uncovering some interesting findings. Among the 50 and older set, white (5.1 percent) and black (5.1 percent) Americans are more likely to smoke pot than Latinos (2.6 percent). Older adults with less than a high school education (5.1 percent) or with less than $20,000 in income (5.4 percent) use marijuana more than average (4.8 percent). BBB
Studies shows more older Americans are using marijuana.