Why aren’t our retirement facilities providing medical marijuana to seniors like they do in Canada? All right, that was a rhetorical question, but it becomes much more relevant in light of new developments involving WeedMD. Apparently, the company is now supplying medical marijuana to seniors living in three large, long-term care and retirement facilities in Canada.
Supplying Medical Marijuana to Seniors
“Every day, seniors are taking a closer look at the benefits of cannabis to decrease the use of conventional drug therapies,” said WeedMD CEO Bruce Dawson-Scully. He added that the expanding senior market is “increasingly open to marijuana.”
Dawson-Scully got that exactly right. On this side of the border, middle-aged and senior citizens are smoking more weed than teenagers. Naturally, a few Canadian pols are complaining about the “vulnerable residents” being secondary to the interests of the suppliers. With that said, and unlike the U.S.’s pot-detesting government, they are not opposed to the concept of providing medical marijuana to seniors.
Dawson-Scully said his company did not pay the senior residences to become their preferred vendor and that residents are free to buy from other suppliers.
A senior staff member of one of the participating centers said the agreement with WeedMD is really about educating residents and staff about how to acquire the product and use it safely.
What About Here in the USA.?
Although the nation’s first hospice center is studying how medical marijuana can help its dying patients, our senior citizens don’t have cannabis-friendly places to look forward to in their golden years.
Guess what a lot of seniors and retirees are doing about that lack of service? They’re moving to pot-legal states.
“There is anecdotal evidence that people with health conditions, which medical marijuana could help treat, are relocating to states with legalized marijuana,” said Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy at UCLA who studies retiree migration trends.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that pot smoking significantly increased among baby boomers in the past decade and is expected to continue to rise.
It’s no wonder the pot industry is skyrocketing. After all, boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) represent close to one-quarter of the U.S. population.
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