The drug that used to be reserved for 17-year olds is now more popular than ever, including among older generations. As marijuana becomes more accepted across many states, parents and grandparents are using cannabis in growing numbers.
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention recently released a summary of its findings from National Survey of Drug Use and Health, covering survey years from 2002 until 2014. Among its information is the news that marijuana use among teens ages 12 to 17 is actually down 10% from when the survey began. However, pot use among every other age group has increased-in some cases in surprising ways.
Pot use was the highest in 2014 among people ages 18 to 25, 19.6%.
The next-highest rate of use was among adults age 26 to 34, 12.7%.
However, the highest percentage increases for pot use occurred in the older age groups. Cannabis use among adults ages 59 to 64 increased a whopping 6.1%.
Over that same time period, marijuana use among adults ages 65 and up increased 1.3%.
With trends like that, pot use among seniors could outpace that of teens in just a few years.
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