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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Gerontology: M.S.


Program in Gerontology


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Phyllis Greenberg

Second Advisor

Rona Karasik

Third Advisor

Dawn Reiter

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

marijuana, elderly, older adults, medicine, health, gerontology


As the United States population grays, it faces a myriad of controversial issues regarding older adults. One such issue is the use of various types of alternative medication, specifically the use of marijuana as a treatment for a variety of ailments. It is important to explore all possible routes on how to treat this portion of this population that may be suffering from different types of illnesses, diseases, and pain that may be more commonplace in older adults. As a graying nation, there is fundamental importance of being well informed about the topic of medical marijuana. It is vital to be aware of the existing research, so the best possible decisions can be made for our elders, loved ones, and ourselves.


A huge thank you to my mother, who stood by me through my entire research and writing journey.