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U.S. Government Funding $1.86 Million Study in Attempt to Link Cannabis to Domestic Violence

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding a nearly $2 million study in an attempt to find a link between cannabis consumption, and domestic violence: We have littlecannabis doubt that it’s going to backfire, and conclude that cannabis reduces violence among partners.

For the study, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is granting the University of Buffalo $1.86 million to conduct 4 years of research; the study will be titled Proximal Effects of Marijuana in Understanding Intimate Partner Violence.

According to a university press release; “[Maria Testa, Ph.D, lead researcher for the study] says that despite the commonly held belief that marijuana suppresses aggression, many studies have found a positive association between marijuana use and intimate-partner violence.”

This statement has no legitimate science to back it up; in fact, a recent study published in the journal Neuropharmacology has found that cannabis reduces aggression (as well as improves social interactions).

All-in-all, this study – at least to us – is an indication of how desperate prohibitionists are becoming, as they attempt to find any negative effect that cannabis might have, in order to use when debating against legalization.

We hate to say it NIDA (actually, that’s a lie, we enjoy saying it), but you’re never going to be able to legitimately use the argument that cannabis causes domestic violence.

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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by numerous media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. MJ Mathisen

    Come on America….how much longer are we going to stand for this BULLSHIT!?

  2. Wanda

    What a bunch of bull!!! I had to finally have my ex arrested after 12 years of abusing me, he didn’t smoke pot! But he drank like a fish, as did my abusive step-father!

  3. Wanda

    What a bunch of bull!!! I had to finally have my ex arrested after 12 years of abusing me, he didn’t smoke pot! But he drank like a fish, as did my abusive step-father!

  4. They'll Manufacture Results

    If they accept almost $2 million, aren’t they obliged to FIND the results they need? As a research in academia myself (one who doesn’t take such grants), I can say that it is always possible to find data to fit whatever your goal is. In this case, find an inner city with high levels of violence, and collect data on marijuana users living under the poverty level, that also hang out in bars (where alcohol is served). Then go to a model suburb, and get data from affluent, non violent households who don’t use marijuana or drink (maybe a baptist community?). You will surely see that marijuana must influence violent behavior, under such circumstances. And if they FAIL to PROVE what they are being asked to prove by virtue of this grant, they will have to RETURN the funding … and it is very unlikely that any university would consider THAT outcome!

  5. Waxtrax Radio

    Complete bullshit.
    Why don’t you take that money and use it to arrest crack heads and meth heads or better yet child molesters.
    POT is big $$$ pharmaceutical companies need to start getting a cut! BULLSHIT
    Just keep locking up all those violent potheads! WHAT A JOKE
    Who decided this? I need to find them and force feed them straight up indica!
    It never amazes me what great lengths they go to to make marijuana look bad.
    Who gave them the right to outlaw a seed on this green earth anyways???
    Lock up all the pot smokers and make sure to find a way to do so because pot smokers PROBABLY make up over 65% of the earth so in order to start the NEW WORLD ORDER in process come up with stupid shit like this or any other way to find a way to arrest pot smokers and fill up all those private prisons their building for you and me!
    Those damn pot smokers!
    Stand Up, Rise Against!

  6. myob

    EPIC FAIL

  7. Bill

    We need to have a study on the causes of lying by the NIDA. At least -that- wouldn’t be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  8. Richard Carew

    It’s called “Desperation.”

  9. Enzo

    We need to start voting out idiots who sign off on stuff like this – and any other “representative” who doesn’t represent the people. I’m with Jeanette though, do a similar study for alcohol and then compare the 2.

  10. lufelongstoner

    im a life long stoner and occassional drinker

    put me in a room with a bunch of alcholics and see what happens

    2 hits of kush for every single drink every single one those boozehounds drink

    after a few hours theres gonna be violence among the boozehounds and ill just fall asleep

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMwM8EjebKY

  11. Moirraine

    Hahahahahaha

    No really, I will answer…

    Hahahahahahaha!!!!!

    ROTFL!!!!

    Ok, the tears rolling from my eyes from laughing have cleared…

    We need to tell our “leaders” that this is wrong beyond belief and the thought that cannabis causes violence is, is, what is the word? Oh, INSANE.

  12. Heather

    Alex and Lori you both hit it right on the head ,,, quit wasting tax payers money on dumb shit ,,, we are in dept enough as it is ,,, how about putting that Monet to showing ALL the good thing that marijuana does for people cause you are doing nothing but wasting your time and our money trying to prove anything different ,,, booze and tobacco kills and there are leagul ….

  13. Alex

    This is the single funniest study I’ve ever heard of. Why don’t they instead conduct a study on how much money they can save if they stopped conducting stupid studies that everyone has always known the answer to?

  14. Lori Ann

    What is wrong with this government. A bunch of idiots !!!! Everyone knows that alcohol can cause violence, NOT marijuana. What a waste of money.

  15. jeanette

    They should conduct the same 4 year study but with alcohol and then compare the two.

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