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Cannabis and the Rise of Violent Crime

The stigma once attached to marijuana is gone. Nineteen states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and politicians in both parties are increasingly treating it as harmless. Asked during the 2020 presidential campaign about her use of pot in college, Kamala Harris laughed and said that marijuana “brings a lot of people joy” and “we need more joy in the world. “. But the public needs an honest discussion about their social and public health risks, which include violence and mental illness.

Alex Berenson, author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” pointed out that the New York Times curiously removed from an article about Uvalde’s school the memory of a former colleague who he complained about his grandmother not letting him smoke weed. The Times did not add a correction to the story as one would expect when correcting a factual inaccuracy.


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