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Cannabis news and notes: Jay-Z launches new cannabis brand; seniors choose cannabis over old age

With age comes wisdom, at least according to a new survey showing that more seniors are using cannabis to stem the symptoms of old age. According to a statement released by the cannabis activist group NORML on Monday, 15 percent of seniors “report having used cannabis products within the past three years, primarily for therapeutic purposes.” The research comes from a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

Researchers at the University of California at San Diego interviewed 568 people over the age of 65, with 73 percent of them being older than 75.

Fifteen percent said they use either cannabis or CBD, with a number of respondents saying they use such products frequently during the week. The bulk of users said that cannabis was for medical purposes, mostly for pain, sleep, or anxiety. According to NORML, three-fifths of the survey respondents began using cannabis as older adults, while a good portion has never discussed their use with a doctor.

“It is not surprising that a rising percentage of seniors consider cannabis to a viable therapeutic option in their later years,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a statement. “Many seniors struggle with pain, anxiety, restless sleep, and other conditions for which cannabis products may help mitigate. Moreover, many seniors are well aware of the litany of serious adverse side-effects associated with available prescription drugs, like opioids or sleep aids, and they perceive medical cannabis to be a practical and potentially safer alternative.”

Detroit to make new cannabis proposals

A year after cannabis was legalized in Michigan, Detroit residents may finally be seeing the fruits of their hard work. According to a report from Fox 2 in Detroit, city leaders and industry advocates will make a joint announcement on Monday. They will announce a new proposal to allow for the sale of cannabis, giving longtime city residents a cut of the new industry.

Previous votes on the issue have been held, but city leaders have been trying to pass a bill that includes small businesses. Cities such as Ann Arbor, River Rouge, and Inkster have already begun with legal sales of cannabis, but Detroit to-date has held off.

"This will allow us the opportunity to hash out all the details of our social equity program that is within the framework of the draft ordinance that we have right now," said Councilman James Tate on January 21, according to Fox 2.

Some people are not happy with the new proposal.

"It needs to be a little more well-thought-out for the impact on the previous businesses as it stands right now, there are some existing businesses that might never get their medical recreational license," said Rush Hasan, who runs the Reef, a medical dispensary on 9 Mile, according to Fox 2.

Jay-Z launches new weed brand

Hip-hop artist and mogul Jay-Z has it all, and now he has his own cannabis brand too. On Friday, he added a cannabis line called Monogram to his list of 99 problems, according to CNN. He’s partnered with California cannabis company Caliva.

"We think this is a sea (of) change in terms of the visibility to the industry," Dennis O'Malley, chief executive officer of Caliva, told CNN Business. "We take this partnership with a lot of responsibility, a lot of humility, a lot of accountability moving forward."

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