The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population and about 56-60% of the world’s drug users. In some cities more than 50% of crimes are committed by criminals high on pot. There is a connection. In fact, marijuana is the drug most frequently connected to crime.
Many of our major social problems could be reduced if we eliminated the widespread usage of marijuana, including incidences of teen violence. We are concerned that the high percentage of young adults using marijuana puts their young children at risk. we published a 6-part series to the children who have died since the vote to legalize marijuana in 2012. If we curbed marijuana usage among parents, incidences of child abuse and death could be less frequent. Several infants have died in hot cars, or drowned. Infant and toddler deaths have also been caused by fires related to parents’ pot use.
There’s a correlation between marijuana usage and domestic violence. Early, frequent marijuana use before age 21 is predictive of domestic partner violence in adulthood, especially for women who end up in abusive relationships.
Stopping youthful usage of pot will go a long way to making a safer, less violent society! #Futures Without Violence and #PreventChildAbuseAmerica, the United States will not make progress to end child abuse and domestic violence unless we end drug usage, beginning with marijuana. Pot is involved in many child abuse deaths because users become psychotic and/or violent.
An extraordinarily high percentage of murderers are pot users. It’s not always clear if this happens because of 1) pot induced-psychosis 2) inability to cope with the normal ups and downs of life because of longtime pot use or 3) the lack of empathy and numbing of the conscience caused by marijuana usage.