CANNABIS USE FOR SENIORS ON THE RISE | TRICHOMES Morning Buzz
February 26, 2020
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**SoCal is making moves to help people with cannabis convictions, a congressional candidate is hosting sesh parties, and if you’ve never smoked one with nanna, maybe you should! Today is February 26th and this is your TRICHOMES Morning Buzz.
** Southern California district attorney files a motion to reduce and dismiss cannabis convictions
According to a CBS article, The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it has filed a motion to reduce 25,000 felony cannabis convictions to misdemeanors, while also moving to dismiss 1,000 misdemeanor convictions completely.
The DA’s Office says it has reduced or dismissed more than 1,600 cannabis-related convictions since 2016 when Proposition 64 was voted into law, which legalized medical cannabis sales in California.
District Attorney Summer Stephan said her office has “been a leader in the state and proactive on giving individuals with marijuana convictions the opportunity to move forward with their lives without a conviction that may have been negatively impacting their lives by restricting their employment or housing.”
** Apparently an Illinois candidate for Congress is passing out the good stuff at campaign events
According to merryjane.com an Illinois candidate for Congress has made changing the conversation around cannabis a key theme of his campaign — and he isn’t shy about sharing that stance with voters.
Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Clark is a special education teacher in Chicago and an Air Force veteran. He says that he experimented with cannabis in high school and then began using it therapeutically after being injured in a shooting in Seattle.
“I think I have to be just as open about my cannabis use because lying to individuals…plays a direct role in enabling the status quo, in enabling the oppressors, the top one percent, to remain,” he added.
At a campaign event held last week, one he’s calling the “first-ever congressional weed party in Chicago,” Clark encouraged voters to partake in cannabis and shots of alcohol.
Clark’s run against incumbent Democratic Representative Danny Davis has been endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times, which wrote that the 7th District “deserves a representative who is impatient to change the world, which might be Clark’s best trait.” Clark also ran for the seat two years ago, winning 26 percent of the primary vote.
** Cannabis use is on a steady rise in older adults in the U.S.
This may mean that grandma’s famous cookie recipe may be a little different than it used to be.
According to a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of senior citizens in America who smoke cannabis or use edibles had increased drastically in recent years.
The study estimates that cannabis use among adults age 65 or older grew by as much as 75 percent between 2015 and 2018.
Researchers used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey that asks Americans of all ages to self-report their drug use. In 2006, only 0.4 percent of seniors said they used cannabis in the past year. In 2015, that percentage grew to 2.4 percent, and by 2018, it rose to 4.2 percent.
**Speaking of cannabis-friendly seniors,
University of Iowa is Seeking Senior Patients for a Medical Cannabis Study
An article from hightimes says, University of Iowa is planning to conduct a study to find out if cannabis increases the risk of falling for older patients.
Thorsten Rudroff, a professor in the department of neurology at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, is currently looking for volunteers between the ages of 50 and 80 to participate in the study, which will examine whether cannabis use creates a greater risk in them falling.
The study will feature two pools of individuals: those who do use cannabis, and those who do not. For Rudroff, it’s an opportunity to examine cannabis use among a group of people who may not be the best equipped to dabble.
“There’s still a huge stigma around THC,” said Amber Points, the manager of the Have a Heart CBD Shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “They don’t want to be stoned or high. What they’re really seeing is pain relief. We see it every day. We hear their stories. They’re tired of taking pills. They’re tired of taking opioids and are looking for a more natural way to live.”
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