DENVER (CBS/AP) — Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana — a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

People over 50 are still far less likely to use marijuana than younger people.

While abundant research has been done on how the drug affects developing brains, little is known about the potential health consequences on older users.

Researchers at New York University say pot could pose distinctive health challenges to older users — from memory loss to risk of falling.

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  1. Just more “Reefer Madness” nonsense.

    Cannabis has been in continuous use by humankind for over 5,000 years. Before the government “Reefer Madness” campaign of lies and deceit began cannabis was widely used for recreation and medicine and was well understood for its many medicinal benefits and properties. Pharmaceutical companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly used cannabis in medicines widely sold in U.S. pharmacies to treat epilepsy, pain, insomnia, migraines, glaucoma, and rheumatism. Between 1840 and 1900, U.S. scientific journals published hundreds of articles touting the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

    Cannabis is now completely legal again in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Washington DC and the sky hasn’t fallen, and these cannabis legal states still function as they always have with some notable exceptions . Instead of drug cartels and gangs getting billions of cannabis dollars legitimate responsible business is handling the funds providing new jobs for thousands of citizens. Teen use is either unchanged or down. These states are getting a healthy chunk in new taxes. Gangs and drug cartels are moving out to places where cannabis is still illegal. Multiply the success by 50 states. Millions of new jobs, BILLIONs in new tax revenue and NO MORE DRACONIAN POLICE WAR on folks for cannabis consumption. Enough with the lies just Legalize!