Pot’s Link to Low Rates of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a terrible thing. Every year in the United States, seven million people find themselves the victims of domestic violence. One of the leading causes of domestic violence in this country is substance abuse, but not all substances are created equal.
According to a recent study, researchers from Yale, Rutgers, and the University of Buffalo have found that the frequent use of marijuana is associated with lower rates of domestic violence. Researchers recruited 634 recently married couples and tracked them over a course of nine years, gathering information over that time through the use of self reported surveys. Researchers asked respondents what kind of substances they used and how often.
Researchers hypothesized that they would find a positive relation between marijuana and domestic violence, just like they have found for other substances like alcohol and cocaine. Much to their surprise, there was a negative relation between domestic violence and marijuana. In fact, couples that used marijuana frequently had the lowest risk of domestic violence.
“These findings suggest that marijuana use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards one’s partner in the following year,” Kenneth Leonard, director of the UB Research Institute on Addictions, said in a press statement. Leonard was quick to point out, however, that the study did not examine whether marijuana use on a given day would reduce violence at that time.
Leonard went on to say, “Although this study supports the perspective that marijuana does not increase, and may decrease, aggressive conflict, we would like to see research replicating these findings.” Despite lazy attempts at making it seem like marijuana increase violence, it is becoming more clear every day that cannabis actually makes one less violent.
The release of this report couldn’t have come at a better time. There have been ridiculous reports in the news attributing violent behavior to marijuana, like the man who shot his wife not too long after eating a cannabis cookie. In the absence of personal responsibility, some are too keen on blaming marijuana for their scurrilous and erratic behavior. Unfortunately, for these people, the more the public knows about marijuana the harder it is to use it as a scapegoat.
Science continues to vindicate cannabis, whether it’s disproving cannabis-induced violence or refuting reefer madness. What was once considered anecdotal evidence is now understood as authentic science.
With lower crime, increased tax revenue, and more jobs added to the economy, legalization has been more successful than anyone could have imagined. Oregon is on the cusp of full legalization and Florida is expected to go medical. The cannabis industry is going to show everyone that there is no room for false accusations.
Marijuana Investor News takes domestic violence seriously. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE  OR visit http://www.thehotline.org/.