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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
TheDenverChannel.com

Man sentenced for marijuana DUI after boy, 5, died in crash
NBC12.com

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

Death or Injury

Toddler drowns in pool of Chino Hills home where marijuana cultivation was found: SBSD
KTLA5

Physicians Warn Cannabis Can Cause Serious Health Hazards
NCBI

Years of Smoking Weed May Leave You Grasping for Words
AARP

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
FoxSanAntonio.com

Child Endangerment or Involvement

Deputies: 8-month-old left alone in bathtub nearly drowns, mom charged
WTSP10

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

Crime & Black Market Activity

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

Feds bust large-scale drug ring, arrest 21 tied to fraternities at 3 North Carolina universities
Fox23.com

Addiction

Ryan’s Story
WATCH

Jordan’s Story
WATCH

On the Road to Recovery with Ben Cort
WATCH

Stormzy quits smoking marijuana as he opens up on mental health struggles
METRO (UK)

After Legalization, Marijuana Addiction Is on the Rise
Healthline

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