More Seniors are turning to Marijuana

By Stan Bush

Seniors have become the fastest growing segment of the marijuana industry.

In general most people of all ages are looking for alternative ways to treat pain and other ailments. The older generation seems to be taking notice of the benefits of Marijuana and that seems to be the solution for some. The side effects of taking medicines have been the deciding factor on some of these decisions.

According to a national survey, usage among adults 65 and older is up 250 percent, while adults 50-65 have also increased usage nearly 58 percent.

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Duane Kaniebs (credit: CBS)

“I’ve generally felt that recreational drugs of any kind were no nos, and I still do,” says 91-year-old Duane Kaniebs. “Cannabis seems to be somewhere in between.”

 Kaniebs was part of a standing room-only meeting in Louisville meant to educate seniors on marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain.

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The World War II veteran who suffers from chronic foot pain says his opinion of marijuana has changed dramatically. “All of these years I thought it was in the same category of any other recreational drug”

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Stratos, a Colorado-based cannabis manufacturer, is trying to reach out to skeptical seniors about using marijuana as a way to treat pain.

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“I think they have tried a lot of pharmaceuticals and they’re looking to improve their quality of life,” says Kate Heckman, a Stratos spokesperson. “It really appeared there was a gap in education for seniors.”

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