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Tips for reporting about cannabis fever and the aging boomer

As of March 2021, 36 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) have legalized medical cannabis, with 15 states permitting both medical and adult recreational cannabis use. Three additional states — Virginia, South Dakota, and New York — have passed recent legislation expanding use into the recreational/retail space.

Cannabis fever undoubtedly has taken hold across the nation and there’s one group in particular who appear eager participants: older adults. Data presented during the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Annual meeting demonstrates a 14% increase over three years in the proportion of older (mean age 72.3 years) Canadian adults reporting medical cannabis use. Notably, most (60%) were women, echoing previously-reported usage trends among women and gender-related drivers.

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