Reefer Madness: Marijuana Causes Violence

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues

Using marijuana is dangerous.
My loved one, the guy who asked the question that started all of this, is an open-minded, born-again Christian. His question was good for me. Instead of me just brushing him off, his sincerity forced me to find evidence to prove my case. And like a lot of people who support the legalization of marijuana, he made this statement, “Marijuana is perfectly safe. Way safer than alcohol.”

No, it isn’t. And the science proves it. In Tell Your Children, Berenson states the common pro-marijuana argument, “Barack Obama smoked it. Bill Clinton smoked it too, even if he didn’t inhale. Might as well say it causes presidencies. I’ve smoked it myself, I liked it fine. Maybe I got a little paranoid, but it didn’t last. Nobody ever died from smoking too much pot” (2019, p. xiv).

“No one ever died from smoking too much pot” is a lie. Not only is marijuana highly addictive, it also leads to violence. There is indisputable research that smoking marijuana leads to violent behavior.

Google Raina Thaiday. Australian courts found her violent behavior was a clear result of long-term marijuana use. The judge stated, “Thaiday gave a history of the use of cannabis since she was in grade 9. All the court’s psychiatrists have determined that it was this long-term use of cannabis that caused her mental illness that resulted in her crimes.” Brave call for the Australian judge. Thaiday was convicted of murdering her eight children ranging from 18 months to 12 years old. Six psychiatrists working the case all agreed that marijuana and its prolonged use had caused the psychosis in Thaiday which led her to murder her children. There was no other substance found in Thaiday’s system.

Berenson and his wife, Jacqueline, an MD psychiatrist trained at Harvard, co-researched the book, Tell Your Children. In an online interview Berenson states,

“Psychosis is a known factor for violent crime. People with schizophrenia commit violent crime. Worse, they commit most of that crime while they are under the influence. Since cannabis causes paranoia—not even advocates dispute that fact—it is not surprising that it would drive violent crime as a result of cannabis-induced psychosis. And in fact, there are a number of studies showing that marijuana users have significantly higher violence rates than non-users…I found many, many cases where the causation appeared clear. In some cases, it was as simple and obvious as this: person—with no history of violence—smoked, became psychotic, and committed a homicide.”

Dr. Gogek, in his book Marijuana Debunked, writes, “We don’t usually think of marijuana use as leading to hostility but research shows that people with marijuana addiction are more prone to violence, and this tendency is independent of any other psychiatric or substance abuse problem” (2015, Kindle edition, p. 769).

Let’s be clear. There is significant research that shows a clear and direct correlation between marijuana use and violence. The facts are:

  • Marijuana use in pre-adolescents and young adults (18-25) can result in psychotic outbursts of violence due to hallucinations and paranoia.
  • Prolonged or long-term marijuana use can result in schizophrenia and other psychotic behaviors which result in violence.
  • The use of marijuana grown and developed since 2009 with THC levels greater than 12% is resulting in aggressive behavior by users and an increase in acts of violence. (In the 1970s THC levels in marijuana consumed in the US never exceeded 1.4%).

Still not convinced that marijuana causes violent behavior in its users? Then consider the increase in crime after states legalized it.

In 2012, Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Since then, dozens of states have joined their ranks, along with the seat of our federal government, Washington, DC. Proponents of marijuana have fostered the idea that legalization would eliminate underground, illicit markets for marijuana and abolish, or at least reduce, violent crime related to the illegal sale of the drug.

But has legalization delivered on its rosy promise of peace and harmony, or has it actually fueled a spike in violence?

A review of the crime stats refutes proponents’ claim that legalization reduces violent crime. To the contrary, homicides have generally increased in pro-marijuana states!

In Denver, for example, the homicide rate has steadily climbed from 36 in 2013 to an all-time record of 67 homicides in 2018. That’s just Denver. The statewide stats confirm this increase as well.

Seattle had 19 homicides in 2013, then the rate increased every year is legalization reaching an all-time peak in 2018 of 31.

DC has also experienced a massive resurgence of violence: 160 homicides in 2018 after a 20-year low of only 18 homicides in 2016!

So, the often-cited justification for legal marijuana reducing drug-related violent crime has not materialized. In fact, just the opposite.

Using marijuana hinders productivity. There is a very dark side to pot-induced lack of productivity. One that is literally a matter of life and death. My dad was an aeronautical engineer. He worked for Boeing in both Seattle and Wichita. He was a “checker” which meant he went over the drawings and designs of other engineers and looked for flaws and danger points. There are two kinds of people in this world that you NEED to be perfectionists: your surgeon and aeronautical engineers.

In the late 1990s, my dad shared his frustration with engineers coming up through the ranks. He was ready to retire, but reluctant to because of what he saw on a daily basis at both his office in Wichita and the plant in Seattle. My perfectionist dad worried. He worried because on an almost daily basis, he would walk into the men’s room to find three or four engineers sharing a joint. He threatened to report them, but they brushed him off. I’ll never forget my dad’s words, “Pot smoking and engineering don’t mix. Wait and see. Within the next few years Boeing will start producing an inferior product and people will lose their lives as a result.”

The illogical use of marijuana in an industry needing perfectly clear and functioning minds broke my dad and he left Boeing frustrated and angry. At first, I wasn’t so sure he was telling me the truth. But why would he lie? Now, 20 years later, I read the headlines that Boeing’s 737MAX is literally falling out of the sky. Over 400 people are dead because the 737MAX is riddled with flaws—some say beyond repair. Boeing finally grounded all 737MAX aircraft. It’s badly engineered. Was my dad right? Probably. I think he was.

Does marijuana really decrease productivity levels? A new study carried out by University College London (UCL) found that marijuana use reduces a person’s motivation to work and clarity in decision making.

But the most ironic evidence that smoking marijuana lowers one’s productivity is a newspaper insert my sister sent me from The Daily Oklahoman called “CannaBusiness.” The buckle of the Bible belt – Oklahoma legalized marijuana in 2017. It’s such a booming business that the state’s #1 newspaper thought it would be useful to put in a Sunday insert, “A look at the marijuana business in Oklahoma.” People who are in the business of selling legal marijuana host classes for those interested in starting marijuana dispensaries. In those “marijuana university” classes (seriously, that’s what they are called) experts recommend that sellers of marijuana NOT use their own product as it slows down ambition, productivity, and therefore profits. Ironically, employees aren’t allowed to use the product as it inhibits the “entrepreneurial spirit.” If it wasn’t so horrible, I might think it’s funny.

Robberies involving marijuana dispensaries might make the headlines, but the biggest security threat for marijuana businesses is not tied to scary masked robbers hoping to make a quick buck. Roughly 90% of financial and product loss in the marijuana industry can be chalked up to employee theft, according to security experts who work with marijuana businesses.

“Almost all theft is internal that we’ve seen,” said Dan Williams, chief executive officer of Canna Security America, which operates in 12 marijuana markets across the country.

The other 10% of product loss results from either external theft, or simply poor tracking by company employees, experts said. Are employees too high to keep track of their inventory? That seems to be the case.

Owners of pot shops report that their employees are, “not dependable, do not show up on time, if at all, and struggle with simple tasks such as inventory and product marketing.” Yes. That’s what the pot business owners say about their own industry: “Riddled with employee lack of productivity.”

And that’s just in the marijuana industry. Take that problem to the broader public and you’ll see an overall drop in productivity in states where pot is legal. Dr. Gogek writes, “Lost productivity is the biggest expense every one of us bears as a result of the legalization of marijuana,” (Kindle edition, p. 1,978). Just ask Boeing.

To continue this series, “Reefer Madness: Why I Hate Marijuana’s Guts – Part III” click the link


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