LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. — As legal cannabis has spread to dozens of states, more Americans in their 70s and 80s are adding marijuana to the roster of senior activities such as golf and bingo.
Recent studies show that people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. Many of them got high in their youth, but now they are more interested in easing age-related maladies such as arthritis and sleeplessness.
On a recent morning, about 50 seniors boarded a bus at a retirement community in Laguna Woods, California. Their destination was a local pot shop not far from Disneyland. They spent hours choosing from a variety of cannabis-infused products, including candies, drinks and weed.
Afterward, they took a break for a little bingo before heading home.