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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

Driver pleads guilty to charges connected to fatal crash in Roanoke County

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

Death or Injury

Utah man fatally shot mother at dinner table, danced with sister next to body, police say

Two people arrested in connection with infant’s murder in Redmond in February

Toddler drowns in pool of Chino Hills home where marijuana cultivation was found: SBSD

Physicians Warn Cannabis Can Cause Serious Health Hazards

Years of Smoking Weed May Leave You Grasping for Words

Child Endangerment or Involvement

Girl, 6, Killed In Kendall Crash, Joliet Man Charged With DUI

Local expert speaks on the rise of children consuming marijuana edibles

Deputies: 8-month-old left alone in bathtub nearly drowns, mom charged

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

Crime & Black Market Activity

Despite legalization, most marijuana is still bought illegally

Black-market cannabis turns California’s deserts green
LA Times

21 indicted in Colorado in connection with international black market marijuana and money laundering scheme
The Denver Post

Billions in black-market weed still selling in Illinois 18 months after marijuana legalized
Chicago Sun*Times

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


Ryan’s Story

Jordan’s Story

On the Road to Recovery with Ben Cort

Stormzy quits smoking marijuana as he opens up on mental health struggles

After Legalization, Marijuana Addiction Is on the Rise

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