When the Adult Use of Marijuana act was passed in November, there were plenty of comments across social media that expressed worry about teenagers gaining easy access to cannabis, and an uptick in youth crime and addiction. However, according to a recent article in the LA Times, dispensaries have seen an upswing in clients with silver in their hair.

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Older clients are showing interest in how marijuana can help them with pain, anxiety, and insomnia – and are not necessarily interested in getting high. Many of the workers at the dispensaries note that a lot of the senior consumers are wary of the stigma they’ve grown up with surrounding cannabis, and can’t get around the fact that it was once an illegal substance.

Others, it appears, are enjoying the change in status and ease of procurement. For some, it brings back memories of their younger days, while for others it’s a way to deal with the aches and pains of aging without the use of pharmaceuticals.

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