Medical marijuana. Photo: Flickr David Trawin 29 states allow medical marijuana, seniors have been increasingly seeking its curative powers
NEW YORK (NAM) — Larry Yokelson uses a walker and is on oxygen 24/7. “I am not a pothead,” he stated. Although, 87, Yokelson, a retired driver for the rock band Led Zeppelin, and others, is familiar with the stuff.
Yokelson said that just about all of his passengers smoked pot. But he didn’t like it. More recently, he didn’t like the opioids he’d been prescribed for his constant back pain, either. “You name it and I’ve been on it. You become so constipated on opiates you want to kill yourself,” he said.
He told his daughter, Jan, he was ready to give up. She recalled, “He said he was done, put me in hospice, I’m done, I can’t live like this.” But Yokelson found a sympathetic doctor.
“He gave me a prescription, and I was in agony up to that point,” Yokelson said. “So I took it at night and I woke up in the morning and I said to everybody in the house I’m pain free in one dose.”
He declared, “Medical marijuana to me is a miracle — and it actually saved my life. “
Legal in 29 States
With 29 states allowing medical marijuana, seniors have been increasingly seeking its curative powers. But there are many obstacles, ranging from paying for the herb to finding a doctor who is licensed to prescribe it.
Yokelson takes a tincture of medical marijuana under his tongue at night and a capsule during the day. In New York it’s not even possible to get something to smoke or eat. At his age, Yokelson is part of the fastest-growing group of medical marijuana users — old folks, according to a 2016 study at New