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November 21, 2014

Marital Marijuana?

Christopher Ingraham: “A new study by researchers at the University of Buffalo finds a significantly lower incidence of domestic violence among married couples who smoke pot. ‘Couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV [intimate partner violence] perpetration,’ the study concludes.”

“The authors caution that while these findings are predictive–meaning couples who smoke are less likely to commit domestic violence–they don’t necessarily draw a causal line between the two behaviors. Among the connections they hypothesize, ‘marijuana may increase positive affect, which in turn could reduce the likelihood of conflict and aggression.’ Translation: stoned people are happy, and happy people don’t fight.”

“Perhaps most significantly, the Buffalo study was funded partially by a grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse. Marijuana reformers have strongly criticized NIDA’s institutional biases against marijuana legalization in the past, including restrictions the agency has placed on the availability of marijuana for research purposes. But the fact that NIDA is funding studies like this one suggests that it, like much of the country, is beginning to change its tune.”

  • Karl Hudnut

    Who woulda thunk it?

  • benttrent

    well , what do you know. If someone developed amnesia and came to learn that two plants grew on either side of the ditch and people liked to smoke them both.
    One contained nicotine and 100 other noxious poisons and killed 400,000 people
    a year. The other has never killed a single soul and makes people giggly and crave cheetos, i wonder how they’d view the legal status of both??

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