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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

Marc Pis­cotty, Getty Im­ages file

Stud­ies shows more older Amer­i­cans are us­ing mar­i­juana.

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