Updated on August 16, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Physicians are seeing a rise in requests for medical
marijuana among seniors in Florida, according to the Palm
Beach Post. The state passed a bill
approving medical marijuana use in 2017, and advocates say they have seen an
increase in interest among the over-55 set. More than 250,000 Florida residents
are registered to get medical marijuana, and three of the top four counties in the state for medical
marijuana have a median age of 53 and older. Many seniors are seeing marijuana
as an alternative to pharmaceuticals, which often come with side effects. Robert Paltshorn, an advocate for the use of marijuana in
seniors, estimates that about 70% to 80% of people visiting dispensaries in
Florida are seniors.