Vermont legislators are expected to take up legislation to legalize pot this month, but they should examine the evidence and stop looking at dollar signs. Marijuana causes car accidents and is known as a trigger for mental health problems and psychosis.
On August 7, 2015, Jody Herring of Barre killed four people. It was the worst recent case of violence in our nation’s second least populous state. Herring had mental health issues and a drug problem, with marijuana the substance most evident in her history. (Lancet Psychiatry Journal published February 16 2015 study that 1/4 of incidences of first-time psychosis in London over 6 years were triggered by marijuana use. Herring had been using for a long time.)
At least 3 others who died in Vermont this past year — Richard Tom, Joseph Marshall, Lance Magoon — were in crashes involving stoned drivers. In 2014, one third of all traffic fatalities Continue reading Vermont Legislators Ignore the Evidence About Marijuana