LOS ANGELES, CA - Looks like it's time to change the stereotype of the "typical pothead." According to a new report from the CDC, instead of "the kid who's skipping class," it's now actually Mom and Dad who are more likely to smoke weed.
According to the most current data from 2014 only 7.4% of teens use pot regularly, which is a 10% decline from 2002.
Total drug use has gone up, thanks to all the other, older age groups. Now 8% of 35 to 44 year olds report smoking pot. And the numbers are still small, but the folks who are even older are getting stoned more often. Thanks to medical marijuana being used a treatment for ailments brought on by old age, like sleeplessness and arthritis, they are really getting into the high life.
Since 2002, use among Americans age 45 to 54 has almost doubled. For those 55 to 64, it's gone up by 455%. And for those who are 65 and older, monthly marijuana use is up 333%.
If the trend continues, which seems likely, thanks to increasing support for legalized marijuana, the most common past time associated with getting high could be eating dry toast and watching Antiques Roadshow.