Alex Berenson’s Op-Ed offers hyperbolic assertions and a biased interpretation of scientific literature. Mr. Berenson claims that cannabis leads to violence. While some studies indeed show an increase in violence across specific populations of cannabis users, many others show the opposite or no effect. Violent individuals may self-medicate with cannabis, but correlation is not causation.
Prohibition has failed to decrease cannabis use while costing billions and criminalizing millions — disproportionately people of color. Fortunately, most Americans, weary of our national epidemic of unsupported claims, reject prohibitionists’ fearmongering and support a regulated system of adult cannabis use as a more humane and effective approach.
Originally printed at New York Times