Seniors Now the Fastest Growing Demographic of Cannabis Users

seniors_cannabisBy Alex Pietrowski

As the U.S. becomes more comfortable with the end of cannabis prohibition, many of the arguments sustaining the drug war will come to be acknowledged as being the ridiculous propaganda that they were. For example, the lie about marijuana being the gateway drug that sends a person spiraling down the path of hard drug use and criminal activity is being completely overthrown as even recreational legalization is simply not causing these problems.

Now we see another interesting phenomenon in regards to the legalization of medical marijuana. In California, where many opponents of legalization have insisted that lawful cannabis would cause the greatest spike in herb use among the state’s young people, quite the opposite is proving true, as citizens over the age of 55 are now the fastest growing demographic of pot users.

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, the number increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million. [Source]

Although they account for only 14% of the US population, seniors age 55 and up account for some 30% of the nation’s prescription drug use. Many of the medicines being consumed by seniors are highly addictive painkillers with seriously detrimental  side effects well known to the government and the pharmaceutical industry.

As truthful knowledge of the plant’s genuine medical benefits spread, more and more seniors are turning to cannabis for assistance with the many medical complications associated with aging.

As CBS New reports, Steve DeAngelo, owner of Harborside Medical Dispensary in Oakland, has been actively promoting cannabis to seniors, with great effect, as many of his customers now are in this demographic. His intentions for promoting to this age group are actually two-fold, however; firstly to help them find healthy alternatives to dangerous to pharmaceutical drugs, and secondly because those in this age group are typically the most outspoken advocates of prohibition.

There’s [an] ironic, almost tragic phenomenon, which is that seniors, who are one of the groups who can most benefit from use of cannabis, are the single group which remains most opposed to reforming cannabis laws. – Steven DeAngelo

As with any medicine, cannabis is not without its drawbacks or risks, but legalization makes it possible for people to draw their own conclusions and make their own decisions regarding which medicines they use to care for themselves.

READ: Did the DEA Just Admit that Cannabis Has Legitimate Medicinal Value?

The days of prohibition are now shorter than ever, and as more people are given the freedom to choose without the risk of legal consequences, the movement towards full national legalization will only gain steam.

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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5 Comments on "Seniors Now the Fastest Growing Demographic of Cannabis Users"

  1. berrybestfarm | May 25, 2016 at 10:32 am | Reply

    Wait. Us ex-hippies from the 60’s and 70’s who have been smoking or around cannabis all our lives are the group most opposed to reform? I don’t think so. it wont be long before Washington and Colorado’s profit from recreational sales are too obvious for other states not to follow.

  2. I (relatively) sure, Colorado made over a billion in taxes last year.
    You can imbibe all day and watch gorgeous sunsets at night.
    Move to Colorado and imbibe for the health of it.

  3. Christopher Victor Pringle | May 26, 2016 at 10:44 am | Reply

    Kanada is opening a chain of retirement homes under the rubric of “Reefer Pines” where daily fare will include the hemp in many forms – both therapeutic and recreational – it stands to revolutionise the industry – providing a better way for rich hippies to live out lives.

  4. Those Seniors just happen to be the 1960’s Generation so no surprise to me….

  5. Fastest growing demographic or more willing to admit to use as the stigma is lifting?
    As if pot is something new to Boomers.
    I’m so sure.

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