Despite an environment where the Legislature is dialed in on the expansion of access to medical marijuana in all of its forms, one of the largest groups who would benefit is being left behind.

Medical marijuana is a burgeoning industry in Florida, and seniors are a burgeoning population. According to population statistics, residents 65 and older will outnumber minors nearly 2 to 1 by 2030.

However, fears over losing Medicaid and Medicare funding — because federal law still considers all marijuana use illegal — keep most nursing homes and assisted living facilities pot-free, despite recommendations from doctors to card-holding patients who reside there.

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