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According to a recent Gallup survey, the 50-59 year age group showed about a 4 percent increase in marijuana use in 2012.According to a recent Gallup survey, Baby Boomers are re-igniting the good times of their youth. The 50-54 year age group showed about a 4 percent increase in marijuana use in 2012. In the 55-59 subcategory, there was a nearly 5 percent spike. Starting at the age of 60, the rise in use tapers off, but it still trends upwards.Shouldn’t be too surprising, though, as it is the same group responsible for the first wave of the drug’s popularity.In commenting on those years, Gallup offered, “… widespread experimentation with marijuana first occurred among adults aged 18 to 29 between 1969 and 1973, rising from 8% to 35%. It then continued to mount, reaching 56% by 1977.” The usage plateau has for the most part continued since. So, why the renewed interest among the boomer generation?It’s been suggested that they have more time on their hands as their families have been raised and they’re headed towards retirement. Also noted is that they could very well be using it to ease the physical discomfort of aging, as 11 of the 50 US states now approve of its use for medicinal purposes.