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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

Marijuana Stars in Many Crimes

Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006

I don’t usually search for marijuana-related crimes, but today I did the Nexis search, “marijuana AND death OR murder” and what I found was shocking.

In just one week of English-language news coverage, this search generated 315 hits. Granted, many represent different stories on the same subject, and a few detail research studies, not actual crimes. 

But even so, the tale is shocking.  Here are just a few of the stories unearthed by this search:

Suspect in murders of five has long arrest record

Dyleski trial site won’t be moved (the trial of a 17 year old charged in the murder of the wife of a prominent attorney)

Authorities:  Georgia student shot in drug deal

Suspected in an act of evil; Man who police say blew smoke from drug in face of infant son to quiet him is charged in the child’s death

Variety of witnesses say Olsen fessed up (to murdering a teenage girl)

Teenager will get 30 years for killing (she was one of three teen charged in the murder of a 62 year old grandmother; all three were pot users)

Man admits to 2003 killing; victim found in burning car in Kenner (pot deal gone bad)

New York man charged in “shaken baby” death of son

Family man, addict, prisoner

Killer gets life; family of victim still hurts

Man charged in revenge killing

Gun didn’t fire right, driver says:  But it still fired, and killed teen

Police ID body found under bridge

Gunman in trooper’s death sentenced to life

Brother: Fatal chase out of character

Needing money, drug dealer turned against people he knew

Life sentence brings little comfort

Man arrested in fatal overdose

Jacksonville man’s murder trial begins

Car jumps curb; strikes and kills 9 year old cyclist

Fatal details emerge in mobile home fire

College athlete found dead in trunk of car

Pettis gets life in prison

Hattiesburg suspect in deaths still at large

Man charged with killing mom has long drug history

Terrell Hills slaying goes to trial

Former Henry basketball player gets life without parole for 2004 murder

Mouchett’s car, gun linked to murder

Feds indict man in 1997 Lincoln double homicide

Death row inmate moved; retrial set

Family faced threat by son

Last screams of Briton stabbed by rape gang

Former Rapids man found dead in jail

Former Fresno State basketball player sentenced to life in prison for murder

Brazen drug dealer jailed for four years

Dope link to violent deaths

RCMP search for suspect after 2 Saskatchewan Mounties shot in police pursuit

Fugitive’s arrest re-opens murder case for ex-sheriff

Multiple stabbing nets 15 years

Probation for student in traffic fatality

Muncie man pleas guilty to shooting

Woman will be tried in heroin user’s death

Supreme Court upholds conviction in death of Reno police officer

That’s one week’s worth stories.  One week.  In each one of them, marijuana played a role.

In some, early marijuana led the way to a life of drugs and crime.  In others, killers were high on marijuana.  In others, people killed for marijuana.

Often overlooked as a minor drug, marijuana has major consequences.

6 Responses to “Marijuana Stars in Many Crimes”

  1. Dodgy said

    How many people do you think you reach with your sensational scare tactics?

    The problem with kids who already take drugs, is that they know that the picture you paint here really isn’t realistic. That’s not to say they don’t believe these stories are real, just that they know that in the real world such tragedies arn’t as common as you would have them believe.
    This means that you lose credibillity with the very people you’re trying to reach.

    Here in the UK we have a government funded charity called YouthNet which is behind – a site that provides thousands of factsheets and articles on all the important issues which young people face today. The integrity and open approach means that young people can trust the content which is well-researched, balanced and non-judgemental.

    The discussion boards there enable young people to talk openly about issues such drugs, it’s about connecting with young people, and giving them honest information they can identify with. You should check it out.

  2. Childress said

    What would you do, Dodgy, ignore the facts or just believe the one side of the facts that you’re comfortable with? There is nothing at all sensational in copying actual headlines of actual true news stories and presenting them for people to read.

    I’m not saying that it’s the whole picture; that would be misleading. Certainly, if newspapers wrote a headline for every time someone fired up a joint and did nothing evil or criminal thereafter, there would be many, many more headlines than what I produced. But that doesn’t take away the fact that in one week there were 43 headlines of crimes and tragedies — involving nearly 100 deaths — in which marijuana played a part. That is part of drug reality as much as your beloved is.

    I do not have to mimick your favorite site. There are plenty of places people can go to get what you’d rather have them read. My purpose is simple: To state facts as gleaned from news coverage. If you can’t handle it, create your own site and fill it with whatever you want to fill it with. I promise I won’t bother you with with redundant comments in which I try to turn you into me.

  3. Dodgy said

    >What would you do, Dodgy, ignore the facts or just believe the one side of the facts that you’re comfortable with?

    This is what you seem to be doing. You seem unable to except the FACT that the majority of people that take drugs do so without any negative repercussions.

    Take ecstasy…
    I have never and would never tell anyone that MDMA is safe, it’s not, you’d be a fool to think it was.

    But, there is a difference between that, and saying it’s really dangerous, because it isnt. Given the number of users and the number of people who die from it, it is not massively dangerous.

    Where we differ I think is our reaction to these tragic deaths. You believe that if we say MDMA kills people often enough people will stop using it. I think experience shows us this is not the case, anti-drugs messages have been going out for 20 years plus and the amount of people using always increases.

    Iwould never encourage people to use MDMA (though I do think it has potential in therapy) but if they are going to I think it is best to tell them how to minmise the risk.

    We must try and equip kids with all the tools and information possible to make the safest choices possible.

    Seeing testimony from parents and others who have had bad experiences will have an impact. But it can be only a short term answer, if the risk seems inflated then kids will dismiss the information. That’s why I favor a more factual, rather than experience led approach.

  4. Childress said

    And you seem to be unable to accept my right to say that sometimes, that’s not the case. People die, people flip out, people kill, people make bad decisions, people suffer medical consequences. For me to do what you want would be to suppress this information, and that would be more detrimental than your feared reaction that kids will be driven to drugs by what I report here.

    What possible justification is there for that thought? I’m not running hysteria; I’m not overstating any case; I’m just presenting news. Kids that are going to do drugs are going to do drugs; this won’t stop them, and they know how to find the web sites full of info on how to take them. Morally, I can’t duplicate the content of those sites because I will not promote drug use.

    But not all kids think like you thought, Dodgy. Some are in the balance and are looking for a reason to say no in the face of peer pressure. Some are getting unhappy with their decision to use drugs and are looking for support so they can decide to stop. Some parents need to know what to say to kids.

    This site is for those people. It’s not for you, although you should pay attention to what’s written here.

  5. Dodgy said

    I don’t think that the negative consequences of drug use should be ignored, but I don’t believe in scare tactics either. Drug education should be balanced and honest, else kids will dismiss it.

    Teaching kids about the reasons people take drugs, the dangers of taking drugs, and how to avoid these dangers, is not promoting drug use. It’s just credible, honest advice – something I think young people deserve..

  6. Childress said

    OK, then they deserve to read this blog too because it covers nothing but the dangers of taking drugs, which you say is credible and honest.

    There are no scare tactics here, period. Just facts gleaned from actual news accounts.

    I get the feeling you’re willing to risk having some kid die rather than having this information put before him to read in the format I am presenting it. I am not willing to take that risk.

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