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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 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

Man sentenced to 15-year-to-life term for crash that killed 3 in Lancaster
The Antelope Valley Times

Man Accused of Smoking Marijuana Before Crash That Killed 3 Convicted of Murder
NBC Los Angeles

Death or Injury

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

Livingston Co. teen charged with Pontiac teen’s murder ‘over less than an ounce of marijuana’, police say
Fox 2 Detroit

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Reports of Fatal Cases
National Library of Medicine

Teen, man dead after simultaneously shooting each other during drug deal, police say

Child Endangerment or Involvement

Florida mother made toddler smoke THC pen so he would eat and sleep better, deputies say

Man, Teen Arrested After Children Get Sick From Edible Marijuana
NBC Connecticut

Local doctor sees increase in toddler pot overdoses

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products
The Canadian Press

Three arrested in Marysville on drug charges after explosion at motel, police say
The Sacramento Bee

Crime & Black Market Activity

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

Sudbury Police discover teen missing for more than a year along with $250K worth of pot
Milford Daily News

Two Tons of Marijuana Seized in San Jacinto Raid
NBC Los Angeles

Coast Guard unloads several tons of seized cocaine and marijuana in Fort Lauderdale


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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