Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age

Perry Parks, 67, takes a puff of marijuana at his home in Rockingham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. The retired Army pilot suffers crippling pain from degenerative disc disease and arthritis before turning to marijuana, which he first had tried in college, and was amazed how well it worked for the pain. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

February 22, 2010 5:04:51 AM PST
In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.