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True Stories on the adverse effects of marijuana use

there are many stories about the adverse effects of marijuana use on peoples’ lives.

Whether you agree with marijuana legalization or not, it’s important to understand the economic and social costs of legalizing another mind-altering drug. While much has been written about the tax revenue and total sales generated from commercial marijuana, there has been little research to understand how states are paying to mitigate the consequences of commercial marijuana on crime, social justice, safety, law enforcement, public health, education, and youth.

These are a collection of the stories not yet captured in the ever increasing body of research about the social costs of marijuana legalization.

Drugged Driving

Crash sends Tesla batteries flying into homes, sparking a house fire, Oregon cops say
The Olympian

Man accused of vehicular homicide on U.S. 101 thought victim was driving the wrong way
The Olympian

Driver gets 18 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed Parker cyclist

Man sentenced for marijuana DUI after boy, 5, died in crash

17-year-old boy was under influence of marijuana during Natick hit-and-run crash that injured couple, DA says announcing charges against teen

Death or Injury

Trends and Characteristics of Manufactured Cannabis Product and Cannabis Plant Product Exposures Reported to US Poison Control Centers, 2017-2019
JAMA Network Open

DEA: Teen commits suicide after the negative effects of marijuana

Man charged with fatally shooting childhood friend in Austin
Chicago Sun Times

Driver in crash that killed Skokie boy sentenced to 5 years
Chicago Tribune

Trial ordered for man charged with killing Layton teen in fight over marijuana

Child Endangerment or Involvement

Nicotine and cannabis vaping among adolescents in treatment for substance use disorders
National Library of Medicine

Medical records analysis links cannabis use disorder in pregnancy to infant health problems
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Kids are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from marijuana edibles, study finds
KETV NewsWatch 7

State Lawmakers Consider Big Changes To Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Regulations
4 CBS Denver

Marijuana companies’ THC edibles mimicking candy favorites aimed at kids, confectionery lawsuits allege

Crime & Black Market Activity

Grand Island 16-year-old allegedly sells marijuana on social media
The Grand Island Independent

Feds bust large-scale drug ring, arrest 21 tied to fraternities at 3 North Carolina universities

Unlicensed Cannabis Grower Busted in Santa Maria for Guns, Marijuana Possession
Santa Barbara Independent

Marijuana delivery driver robbed at gunpoint, assaulted in Portland
News Center Maine

Mendo Sheriff Investigating Possibility That Minor Located at Raided Covelo Grow is a Victim of Sex, Labor Trafficking
Lost Coast Outpost


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