New Study Shows More Older Americans Are Smoking Pot
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The uptick in young Americans smoking weed has been well-documented over the last year or so, and it really didn’t come as a surprise. I mean, are we supposed to go to Bonaroo sober? I don’t think so.
In 1984, only one percent of the people between the ages of 50 and 59 said they were smoking pot more than just when they were hiding out in their parents’ attic. The same held true for those Americans who were over the age of 60. 30 years later, researchers William Kerr, Camillia Lui and Yu Ye say those numbers have skyrocketed.
Amongst the 40,000 participants who were asked if they had used marijuana in the past 12 months, almost 12 percent of the people between the ages of 50 and 59 gave an emphatic, “Hell yeah!” Meanwhile, almost eight percent of those over the age of 60 said they too had turned to the herb for relief.
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Researchers also believe that with the American public’s perception of weed changing by the day as well as the increase in number of locations that now offer legal weed both for recreational and medicinal purposes, those numbers will likely continue to rise. Who knows? Maybe one of these days, we’ll all be leaving Christmas pot cookies for the old guys like Santa to help him make it through the night.