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Tons of old people are smoking weed — and doctors are worried

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The pandemic might have increased that amount, and that has some doctors concerned.

Don’t be surprised if you see smoke drifting out of your grandma’s retirement home when you visit her — she could just be hot boxing in the bingo hall with her friends.

That’s because there’s been a rise of older adults smoking marijuana in recent years, and some researchers believe it’s only heightened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times

study from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health released last year found that marijuana use among people 65 and older spiked by 75 percent from 2015 to 2018. During that span, it went from 2.4 percent of folks using the drug to 4.2 percent. By 2019, it hit a blazing 5 percent.

Many researchers believe that number has only grown since then. After all, with more states legalizing marijuana, the drug is more accessible than ever.

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Published: March 22, 2021

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