A recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that marijuana use has greatly increased among baby boomers in the past decade and is expected to continue to rise. The report showed that marijuana usage by baby boomers has doubled, and even quadrupled in some age blocks of individuals above 50 years of age.
The report also showed the combined medical and recreational marijuana industry is one of the fastest developing industries in the United States, partially because baby boomers’ marijuana use is expected to increase faster than any other demographic.
By the end of 2015, more than 110 million Americans over 50 are expected to be using marijuana, and that number could increase by seven percent in the following five years, according to a recent study by global research firm.
Many of these baby boomers are using marijuana for medical reasons such as relief from chronic pain, while others enjoy using marijuana recreationally, just like alcohol.
“I smoked for years before I had my kids then stopped, said a retired teacher and baby boomer. “Now they’re gone and I am free to do what I want again… And smoking pot is one of them.”