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Older Americans are 20 times more likely to use cannabis than they were 30 years ago

  • A new study found that older Americans are using significantly more marijuana than they were 30 years ago. 
  • Research also point to a significant rise in marijuana use among both the 50 to 59 and 60+ age groups.
  • On average, 64% of Americans support marijuana legalization to date, signaling a growing push towards widespread legalization.

Adults, 50 and older, have seen the greatest increase in marijuana use in recent decades.

Older Americans Are 20x More Likely To Be Getting High Than They Were Thirty Years Ago
Hempfest Promotes Legalization Of Marijuana SEATTLE – AUGUST 21: An older woman smokes a marijuana joint at Hempfest on August 21, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. More than 150,000 people were expected to attend Hempfest at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park on Seattle’s waterfront on August 21-22, 2004. The event is billed as the world’s largest drug-policy reform rally. Events included political speakers and dozens of bands and performers on six stages and over 20 organizations were present registering new voters. (Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

A new study found that older Americans are using significantly more marijuana than they were 30 years ago. This is particularly true compared to other, younger age groups, some of which have even seen a decrease in marijuana use.

The study was conducted by researchers William Kerr, Camillia Lui and Yu Ye, and first reported by the Washington Post. They conducted the research using three decades of survey data from over 40,000 respondents, who disclosed whether or…

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