Last week another violent horror story made national news, and once again, there’s a marijuana connection. Dakota Theriot, a 21-year-old from Louisiana, allegedly killed his parents, his girlfriend and her father and brother. A sheriff called the Dakota Theriot case an “extremely horrific example of failed mental health system.” Five people died, but the violent outbreak follows a pattern of family murders linked to pot use and mental illness.
A man who brutally chased a woman with fire tongs and broke her jaw in Prescott, AZ, was a medical marijuana cardholder. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that marijuana legalization will increase domestic violence and violence against women and children. We have written on this subject previously.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While we acknowledge the problem, let’s also acknowledge that substance abuse is connected to nearly all domestic violence.* Heavy marijuana users were the perpetrators in three domestic violence stories in the news over the past two weeks.
Near Portland, Oregon, a mother shot her 17-year-old son on Sept. 24. Diane Davidoff’s paranoia and other mental illness, certainly made worse by frequent marijuana usage, probably led to the killing of her son. She worried that others were out to get her. Continue reading