‘You can only play so many games of bingo’ said Schick.
‘My son thought it was hilarious that I was coming here but I’m open-minded and want to stay informed.
Cannabis has come so far from the days when you smoked a sly joint and got into trouble if they found out.
We used to call it hemp then and didn’t know its strength.
It just used to make me sleepy – so I didn’t see the point’.
Schick – who uses a wheelchair after suffering a stroke – is interested in the therapeutic effects of cannabis.
‘It’s so different now.
There are so many ways you can take it and all these different types to help with aches and pains.
‘They used to say it was a gateway drug to other things, like cocaine … Lots of people’s views are changing’.
Certainly the number of people aged 65 or older taking cannabis in the US is growing.
The proportion of this age group who reported cannabis use in the past year rose more than tenfold from 0.2% to 2.1% between 2002 and 2014 – according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
A Gallup poll last year showed that 3% of those over 65 smoke cannabis.