Oct 26, 2016 12:05 PM

Medical Marijuana Legalization Leads to Increase of Employment Among Seniors

Recently, researchers at John Hopkins and Temple University revealed their work on the influence of medical marijuana laws on the labor supply. According to their study, the legalization of cannabis leads to a significant boost in workforce participation among senior people.

The study also shows that the health of older men in the states with legalized medical marijuana has improved. However, the results on older women are not so consistent.

The data used for the research was provided by the Health and Retirement study, which is the biggest public resource on aging in the U.S. The researchers at the university compared the data from the states with active marijuana law before and after the legalization with the data from the states that have not passed the bill yet. The results show that the implementation of medical marijuana laws leads to an almost 10 percent increase in the probability of employment. At the same time, the number of working hours per week has also increased.

The results may be shocking—why do people work better? The reason is that the overall health of seniors has improved with the legalization of medical cannabis. The use of the herb results in a significant reduction of pain—the number of older men admitting to feeling pain has been reduced by 10 percent. That is why more and more men in the states with the medical cannabis law claim to be in very good health.

The numbers of the women's survey are not so consistent and promising. The most surprising fact is that the passage of the medical marijuana law has led to the increased probability of senior women reporting pain. However, the percentage of women admitting to being in good health has also increased. The mixed results of the survey lead to an important suggestion about the plant's effects: marijuana provides more pain relief for men than women.

All research has recently been concentrated on the subject of marijuana influence on young developing bodies. However, more and more new studies suggest that seniors may be affected not less than teenagers and children. Right now, children are less likely to use cannabis than their grandparents. The biggest increase in marijuana use in the country is demonstrated by the group of people aged 55 and older.

Teens Are Less Drawn to Marijuana Than Their Parents
Teens Are Less Drawn to Marijuana Than Their Parents
Though many parents around the world worry that their children might use marijuana after its legalization, the latest survey shows that middle-aged people are more inclined to use marijuana products than teenagers.

Another research shows that older people may significantly benefit from the use of marijuana and experience improved quality of life. The introduction of the medical marijuana law leads to the increase in exercise frequency and overall wellness among seniors. The list of conditions that can be treated with cannabis is also impressive.

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