A new study conducted at University of Tennessee and Florida State University finds that marijuana does not seem to have any correlation to violent behavior.
Additional studies by the same authors found that the grass is always greener on the other side, and that planting trees often leads to reforestation. I jest. But the first study was real. Personally, I assumed it was a satire the first time I skimmed the study. When I got to the end, and there was no punch line, I realized that this was the real deal. Not just one University, but two, actually found it necessary to fund such a study. Either the researchers involved were marijuana savvy and thought it best to put forth an earnest study on the safety of cannabis in order to clean the slate for those opposed, or they were genuinely curious whether marijuana was a violence inducing drug.
The study followed 67 college-age men in intimate relationships over a period of three months. The men journaled about their days including any substance use and any sexual, psychological or physical aggression that occurred. The researchers analyzed the data looking for any overlap between drug and alcohol use and aggressive behavior. Not surprisingly the study found a strong correlation between alcohol use and all three types of violence, whereas cannabis got off scot free.
“Our findings were consistent with theoretical models of alcohol use and IPV (intimate partner violence), and previous research, in that the odds of psychological, physical, and sexual aggression were all increased subsequent to alcohol use… marijuana was unrelated to IPV.”
There haven’t been many studies on the subject of marijuana and violence. Maybe because marijuana research is underfunded and over- regulated, or maybe because it’s clearer than day that marijuana doesn’t make people violent, if anything it has a calming effect on most.
Just in case you are still worried about getting jumped outside a phish show, here is some information from a study conducted at the University of Texas at Dallas:
“The central finding gleaned from the present study was that MML (medical marijuana legalization) is not predictive of higher crime rates and may be related to reductions in rates of homicide and assault. Interestingly, robbery and burglary rates were unaffected by medicinal marijuana legislation, which runs counter to the claim that dispensaries and grow houses lead to an increase in victimization due to the opportunity structures linked to the amount of drugs and cash that are present.”