Alex Berenson says the drug brings about ‘sharp improves in murders and aggravated assaults’. As researchers, we find his statements misinformed and reckless
Does marijuana trigger psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and do connected signs like paranoia guide to violent crimes? Which is what writer Alex Berenson is saying. As section of his new book advertising, Berenson released a New York Times op-ed that also blames the drug for “sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults” purportedly noticed in some states that permit adult leisure marijuana use.
Carl L Hart is the chairman and Ziff professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia College and author of Large Cost: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Anything You Know About Medicines and Culture. Charles Ksir is professor emeritus of psychology and Neuroscience at the College of Wyoming and writer of Medicine, Culture and Human Behavior