Winking, smirking and “Reefer Madness” melodrama aside, marijuana can be good for you, particularly for older adults trying to cope with chronic pain, said Barbara Fradkin, director of One Senior Place.

“A growing body of scientific research now points to significant benefits of medical marijuana for a number of different health conditions,” Fradkin said.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, the Suntree one-stop shop for senior services will host a program on medical marijuana to treat chronic, everyday pains. Leading the discussion will be Dr. Frank Filiberto of Marijuana of Brevard.

A board-certified plastic surgeon with more than three decades of surgical experience, Filiberto was one of the first physicians in the county to study how cannabis can help the older population. He has devoted several years to the research of medical marijuana, traveling to universities and clinics in California to see results first-hand.

“I was the first to jump on the bandwagon,” he said.

The use of cannabis for health reasons may still be relatively new in Brevard, but it is not new in the rest of the world. According to the National Institutes of Health, people have used marijuana for for thousands of years. The use of pot under medical recommendation is legal in about two thirds of states, including Florida, where in 2016 Floridians overwhelmingly voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana.

“Marijuana Business Daily” lists the number of Florida’s qualified medical marijuana patients at 246,079 as of July of this year. Several marijuana dispensaries operate in the county, including the recently opened Fluent Cannabis Care in Suntree.

Like all residents of the Sunshine State, Brevard residents have the right to obtain cannabis for medical use with the recommendation of a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from marijuana use in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, HIV, PTSD, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, MS, glaucoma, chronic pain or any other illness noted in the…