Cannabis use among Americans 55 and older, as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, is rising – and the stigma is shrinking


Kerry Stiles taking cannabis. CBS NEWS

Can it really be true that so many older people nowadays will “Just Say Yes”? Yes to using marijuana, that is? Our Cover Story is reported by Barry Petersen:
Sue Taylor works hard to stay fit, and stay healthy. This 68-year-old is a regular at the gym, eats kale to keep her cholesterol down, and at home, “homemade” is her motto.
But there’s one thing in her healthy lifestyle that may come as a surprise: she includes MARIJUANA in her quest to stay youthful.
She showed Petersen her Gummi Cares: “It has the consistency of a gummi, and I use it for sleep and pain when I need to.”
Taylor was a high school principal, preaching the dangers of drugs. But after her son got into the pot business, and as she began to learn more about marijuana, she changed her mind. Now she is a convert — make that an ADVOCATE — for aging Americans using marijuana.
She speaks at community meetings, explaining why pot may be good for them.
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