Aug 262013

domestic violence marijuana study federal us governmentCourtesy of The Joint Blog

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding a nearly $2 million study in an attempt to find a link between cannabis consumption, and domestic violence: We have little doubt that it’s going to backfire, and conclude that cannabis reduces violence among partners.

For the study, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is granting the University of Buffalo$1.86 million to conduct 4 years of research; the study will be titled Proximal Effects of Marijuana in Understanding Intimate Partner Violence.

According to a university press release; “[Maria Testa, Ph.D, lead researcher for the study] says that despite the commonly held belief that marijuana suppresses aggression, many studies have found a positive association between marijuana use and intimate-partner violence.”

This statement has no legitimate science to back it up; in fact, a recent study published in the journal Neuropharmacology has found that cannabis reduces aggression (as well as improves social interactions).

All-in-all, this study – at least to us – is an indication of how desperate prohibitionists are becoming, as they attempt to find any negative effect that cannabis might have, in order to use when debating against legalization.

We hate to say it NIDA (actually, that’s a lie, we enjoy saying it), but you’re never going to be able to legitimately use the argument that cannabis causes domestic violence.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • pkr8ch

    So glad my tax $ is being wasted on this! This reminds me of the Schaeffer commission report. I’m sure the results of this study will have the same fate.

  • Wendy

    So freaking dumb!! I can think of a bunch of better things they could spend that money on…. What about all the kids that have seizures & cant get the meds they need with all the BULL SHIT RED TAPE!!!

  • t. trask

    every time I watch COPS the domestic violence that’s portrayed always has alcohol involved , always

  • Chris Kelly

    I want a list of every politician that is supporting this blatant waste of tax payer money and I am going to post out every where. Vote these idiots out.

  • Tom Thomson

    An announcement like that is the only sort of thing that gives me a little flash of anger, waste of money is right and, as has been said by Johnny Green, increasing desperation by the prohibitionists – as an everyday consumer I know that cannabis has the entirely opposite effect

  • michael

    Marijuana only negative effect involves refrigerators and cabinets being cleaned out from the munchies.

    • Rick Kinnunen

      actually, marijuana reduces obesity and lowers the risk of diabetes by allowing the body to better regulate blood sugar. so no negative side effects.

  • Karisa Bennett

    Wow, how ridiculous. More of our taxes going to bullshit.

  • Mark Hollamon

    Total bullshit from the NIDA. I am 51 years old and have NEVER heard of or even actually seen one person in my life that was abusive or physically aggressive toward their partner or another human being that was just consuming cannabis. My drunken grandfather mentally tortured my grandmother until the day he died. I witnessed him break things of value when he couldn’t afford to replace them, run up bar tabs behind my grandmother’s back, and was just generally a really great example of the effects of long term alcohol abuse on a person, yet alcohol is still legal.

    Sorry NIDA, but your sorry attempt to vilify this plant does nothing but expose your douchebaggery. Give it up already.

  • Debo

    Thats funny and what a waist of money. Canabis is the best anger management remedy there is.

  • Jerrica

    A person who beats their spouse might smoke Marijuana, but not everyone who smokes Marijuana beats their spouse…..

    • Pat Cowdin

      My spouse beats me when I smoke her marijuana. Does that count?

  • Doc O’Zee

    it’s the same in any language … La marihuana es más segura que el alcohol

  • Pat Cowdin

    The synopsis for this study reads in part, “surveys consistently reveal positive associations between marijuana use
    and perpetration of intimate partner violence. However, it is not known
    whether on a proximal, event level marijuana use results in affective,
    cognitive, or behavioral effects consistent with partner aggression.” I’m guessing when they eliminate alcohol and all other “drugs” from the equation, the relationship between marijuana and partner violence will be nearly zero.

  • Shannon Freeman

    They will probably falsify results of the study?

  • 39ncounting

    Fuckin bullshit! There was a tiny bit of violence when my ex-husband ran out of weed, after smoking everyday for 39 years.

  • Michelle Williamson

    Tax dollars hard at work here, folks!!!!

    *facepalm* NIDA are fucking idiots.

  • Kimberly Glanz

    we sit here all day long and hear about how much in debt the country is in and they are now going to spend all that money to fund this stupid deal?! instead of scrambling around all over the place to come up with some little tiny “bad thing” about weed, why not just finally come out and say it, weed is not as bad as we have said it is all these years, legalize it, and call it a day

  • Ben Emery

    Implying that the NIDA has EVER had a legitimate argument against cannabis. Their ‘arguments’ are all either lists of intentionally manipulated statistics or outright lies

  • Ben Emery

    That’s kinda ironic considering that oftentimes weed is the only thing that keeps me from punching people who deserve it in the face

  • Morwyn Margaret Peeler

    If they conduct the experiment using legitimate scientific standards rather than cooking the books, I guarantee they’ll learn that it reduces all sorts of violence. Alcohol? Not so much.

  • Scott Danforth

    what a waste of money how bout studying alcohol instead idiots

  • MichaelLust

    They won’t complete or publish the study… just like the CHP/University of California efforts to demonstrate the purportedly deleterious effect of cannabis consumption on driving safety, when the preliminary data comes in showing effects opposite to the assumptions, they will pull the plug on it. That’s how the government does “science”.

  • Joshua Phelps

    What the fuck is going on. How does this lady have her ph.d for real.

  • John

    “Many studies have a found positive association between marijuana use and intimate-partner violence.”

    I’ll bet they can’t cite even one. How can this be unbiased with the kind of expectation bias already voiced by the lead researcher?

    Google finds nothing with regard to cannabis and domestic violence other than references to the study itself and some clown posts from a site called drug rehabber dot come. On that site marijuana is known to cause mental illness particularly when it is laced with something. It also has huge mid page ads for Cannitrol. As I said clown posts.

  • Thinking Clearly

    For 1.86 million I am sure it can be linked to anything their money desires. Objectivity suffers when you “buy a result”. I know some people who would fight, scream and yell to prove their point for a lot less.

    • ShaneJax

      And in 30 years it’s only got worse from the Federal side

  • Phanes Erichthoneus

    And who knows what else the person might be on in addition to cannabis. Maybe there are pharmaceutical prescription drugs, and also alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth, LSD, heroin, all at the same time. Hopefully the study they do (not that I think it’s necessary) will make sure the people involved aren’t taking any kind of medication, especially mood-altering prescription drugs.

    • bla

      I’m sure these people went to school for many years learning how to research, it’s very basic to make sure any study you are conducting has any confounding variables removed from the picture (you learn it in undergrad). I’m sure any sensible study that is rooted in science will be asking about their prior history including past and current medications to pick a good sample group.

      That being said…people can sway results one way or the other by purposefully ignoring these “rules” to a good, reliable study, which may be the case. Either way, a study’s results are pretty inconclusive/insignificant/laughable until more studies can replicate the results in an independent lab.

      All I see in this article is:
      “Government unknowingly spending a lot of money for their opponent’s cause: Disappointment to follow”

      Either they “prove there is a link” and are later disproved, and discredited, and activist shitstorm ensues
      Or they prove there is no link, and help the exact same side they were trying to hurt with their $2 million.

  • Steven Kloppenburg

    The conclusions will parrot whatever the Government’s position is no matter the real results show.

  • xxdr_zombiexx

    Reminds me of those “We’ll find Bigfoot any day now” programs…… plus ‘doing research’ beats working a real job, I suppose.

    I have a master’s degree in education as work in mental health/psychiatry so the researcher here can eat my shorts.

    And, to engage the resistance for the moment, so what if there is some link (I don’t believe there is but ‘fer instance) it’s still not alcohol, which is legal, tolerated and linked to tens of thousands of deaths each year.

    Oh… and NIDA, not unlike the DEA, is staring at layoffs as marijuana gets legalized in more and more states.

    They can always go hunt Bigfoot….


  • Kate

    The study is on marijuana use in VICTIMS of domestic violence. Just one more minute of reading and a little less paranoia and you might have figured it out. Now you’re just perpetrating your own misinformation.

    • wowFAD

      Ya know, I read the article, and I didn’t read that the study was on cannabis use in the victims of domestic violence. So I re-read it — still didn’t see what you’re seeing. Read it again — still nothing. Googled the “current projects” page of the principle investigator — and read in her own words, the study is not about VICTIMS of domestic violence.
      I think, maybe, you should be *sure* you’re leveling a legitimate criticism before you post things.

  • Bonzobean

    I think alcohol causes more violence between couples than marijuana. Yet it is still legal. America is so frustrating sometimes.

  • Vixxis

    Im flabbergasted, seriously. What genius thought this would be a good study to prove their ridiculous theory. It’s like conducting a study to link condom use to an increase in sexually tranmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy. Was this funded by the institute of dumb and dumber?

    • badmojo

      you are completely missing the point of this study lol.

  • jontomas

    NIDA has a long history of twisting statistics to suit their purposes. Don’t worry. They will amass tons of disparate data, then sift, compile and extrapolate until they can produce a “statistic” that shows marijuana causes violence.

    I imagine it will simply be built on some correlation that lower class people happen to smoke more pot, and they happen to be involved in more violence. The fact that one does not cause the other will not matter to them. They’ll have their “facts.”

  • Noah

    As a first hand victim to violence from Cannabis users, I’m glad they are finally going to get some formal statistics. It’s about time our stories were not only heard but taken seriously. Finally!

    • wowFAD

      Uhh — what? What happened?

    • wowFAD

      Wait, nevermind. I just sifted through your comments on other articles, and you’re obviously a prohibitionist. You’ve made at least 15 politically charged comments on several cannabis articles in the last month — none of them had anything to do with domestic violence. You think cannabis has no medical value and that Sanjay Gupta is a shill? And now, by coincidence, cannabis causes violence — but *only* anecdotally on the internet.
      Look, “Noah” — having a cute girl as your pic doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want to say without having it questioned.

      • Noah

        And you assume that only people with cute pics are entitled to an opinion? If I was ugly you’d use that against me..if I’m cute (which I am, sorry if you can’t handle that) you still find something to say? You’re pathetic. Since you like to assume I will assume you are a 300lb ugly jealous bitch who cries away her problems on a bong cloud.

        • wowFAD

          Sure thing, precious — people who are actually attractive don’t flaunt it online, because they get that attention legitimately in real life. Fuglies like yourself — they go online with photoshopped selfies (which often aren’t even themselves) for that attention, because they can’t get it in real life from real people. You can *assume* whatever you want about me, darling. I know what I look like — and I’m happy about it. I don’t know what you look like, for real — and I’m happy about that, too.
          Want to know what’s funny, though? Your reaction tells me two things. First, you didn’t accost me for saying your claim that you’re a victim of violence wasn’t true — which means you don’t care, which means, of course, that it *isn’t* true. If it were true, you’d be more upset about that, and not what you *are* upset about. That brings us to the 2nd thing — what you *are* upset about. What you’re upset about is that I’ve accurately called you out for being an online poser — a faker with fake pics and a fake life.
          Some people enjoy the internet for the anonimity — others, indulge identities that aren’t their own. You’re the latter. It makes me suspect you’re projecting your defects and shortcomings.
          But let’s not lose the important thread, here. You’re pretending to be a victim of violence when you’re not, simply to besmirch a harmless plant that makes people docile, not aggressive. I guess that makes sense, however — it appears you’ll say/do *anything* for attention.

          • Noah

            I didn’t flaunt it at were the one who brought it up entirely. Trolls like you are the ones who zoom in on someone’s looks and disregard what they have to say because of it. The reason I didn’t reply to the first part of your comment was because you are entitled to your opinion whether you disagree with what I had to say or not, it was a valid response..what was NOT valid, what was shallow, was the second part..which is why I responded to that. I have already responded many times to comments like yours when it comes to Cannabis and I have answered them to exhaustion..but this is the FIRST time where someone attacks what I have to say based on my looks? Pretty subhuman if you ask me and only REALLY insecure people who have 0 leg to stand on when it comes to the main issue use tactics of distraction like that. It’s extremely kindergarten, in case you didn’t know. “I have a point to make” “What point can you possibly make, look at you”..that’s the summary of what you just did and you expect me NOT to call YOU out on it?

            Im sorry, again, that you don’t think I’m “real”..the internet is as you say anonymous. Even if I were to go rally up my buddies on facebook that know me in real life to come on here and say I’m “real” it would not make a difference because you have already IGNORANTLY not only made a judgment about my looks but you disregarded my comments there is no point. Would you like me to take a picture of myself with a sign holding up your name or something? Will that finally prove Im real and cute, and then FINALLY we can focus on what I said? I mean far does one have to go?

            And again I AM a victim of violence..and if I could prove it I absolutely would..but how to do that when all that is left of it is the memory of 3 years ago? Testimonies are just that..and you can take them or leave them. If you decide my testimony is not worth listening to..very well..but this is why I am on here because this article is about finding formal statistics and I know there are OTHERS out there who might share a similar experience to mine and THAT is what I am interested in knowing. Crime attributed to marijuana is NOT uncommon..just because you live in a dream world where it doesn’t happen, just the same as cute girls against Marijuana is also a real thing just because you want to make yourself feel better and pretend that’s not possible doesn’t make it fake.

          • wowFAD

            LOL — learn to read, precious. Actually, arrive at the fact of the matter, which is this is an INTERNET conversation. You may feel free to *recharacterize* what I said all you want. It doesn’t change what I *actually* said. Know how we know this? Because we can scroll up and see, darling. This is an internet conversation, not a spoken conversation confined to memory after the words leave your mouth. It boggles my mind that people like yourself — actual internet trolls — never figure that out, given how much time you spend online.
            The exact words I used *are right UP there* — your misbegotten summary is neither convincing or necessary. LOLOL
            Let’s review the facts, here — you seem to jump from one cannabis article to another saying nasty things about a harmless plant, hoping to provoke pot heads. Lo and behold, you’ve been successful, and you’re soaking it up. Most of the time, when people go after pot heads (like you have), it’s because those people believe the pot heads are easy targets who will not fight back. In your heart, you know that’s true. What’s pathetic is that you’re *still* too cowardly to do it in real life — you have to troll the internet semi-anonymously to troll harmless people!!! That’s just hilarious.
            Do us both a favor, and hold your breath for the results of this “study”, sweetness. I mean, do your best to hold your breath — I’ve seen how labored respiration can be for the clinically obese.

          • Noah

            Trolling is the scapegoater’s way of handling things. You’re REALLY good at that. I read many articles and the ones I comment out on happen to be those where the majority of people are misguided. THAT is not trolling, that is called educating, just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t make it trolling. Trolling would be if I went on these articles and posted “420 faggetz blaze it!” like I see potheads do on prohibitionist articles. I don’t do that. I read an article where the majority of comments are sweepingly ignorant and I present my side of the issue so that people who are on the fence, lurking, unsure can see there is ANOTHER side to the subject. This is no different than wearing a gay pride shirt at a Westboro picket. Maybe the church fanatics will easily call that trolling or instigating, while the one wearing the shirt will call it presenting the other view and standing up for what’s right. YOU want to call me a troll..have at it. I’m simply presenting a valid opposing case.

            You keep side-tracking with your petty 2nd grade name calling..I know that’s the sort of thing libtards are used to doing. It’s boring. I’m going to stick to my original comment that YOU twisted into trolling and say I am all for this study. In the end it’s going to happen whether you approve of it or not, so swallow that. As for holding my breath..nah..I wouldn’t hold a candle to you me how its done please, you first.

    • John

      Did you try to block someone from entering a dispensary? Somebody throw a roach at you? Were they also drinking alcohol? Your comment on this topic is a bunch of crap unless you can prove it. Anecdotal stories are not where the truth lies. A paid shill, sure.

      • Noah

        I didn’t know people had to prove personal experience. For your information it was former roommates who got violent with me when I told them police were staking out the apartment and that if they wanted to do their drugs they had to do them elsewhere..the neighbors were calling my place a party house. I didn’t know what was going on while I was off at work and they were supposed to be FINDING work (it was during the recession everyone was out of of a job, but I considered them friends and gave them chances). If not for the door in between us and my reminding them that Florida had castle laws, things would have been a lot worse for me. I didn’t learn my lesson, they apologized, that they just had a bad high, said they would take their habits elsewhere; Ok I thought everything would be alright, but when their funds got low near the end I literally had $200 stolen from my wallet and yet they had a fresh supply of weed and no rent money? That was the last straw for me. Violence AND crime all in one sitting and now I would like some formal statistics. Not a shill, just pure testimony and I know that means nothing to you all but I know Im not the only one to go through this sort of stuff.

        • John

          So you lied to your roommates about the cops staking out your place, the roommates were/are a bunch of assholes and violent to boot? They didn’t actually do anything because there was a door between you and them, BUT they would have if there wasn’t a door all because they had a “bad” high. So they weren’t actually smoking weed then? How do they get a “bad” high from weed? By itself?

          You use this story as your evidence that weed and violence are linked? Sounds like you should be conducting the study.

          The shill line was in reference to YOUR comment regarding Sanjay Gupta as noted below. Try to follow along in the thread please as to who is responding to who. You’re entitled to your opinion but made up shit isn’t an opinion.

          • Noah

            Who said I lied? I lived in a gated apartment complex and we had daily security patrols. That cops were allowed to come into the complex meant something was up and that they circled MY building and would park in the spaces out front, it became pretty obvious. There was no lie..where do you even assume a lie? They took their habits elsewhere, I didn’t want them practicing their shit in my house..that meant their friends or dealers or WHOEVER it was that was coming to my door while I was working STOPPED, So either that satisfied the cops to leave OR if they decided to raid at least they would no longer find anything in my apartment so I was no longer worried about it and allowed them to stay after they promised me they would no bring me trouble, until they decided to steal money from me.

            What they meant with bad high was their paranoia, apparently they said my “news” brought them over the tipping point and they lost their minds, they had been actively smoking when I said was the smell of them burning up that brought me out to the living room to tell them to do it elsewhere because of the rumors from neighbors that they were inviting shady people to my house when I was gone. I had had enough at that point. One of them even went to far as to believe in that very moment that I had struck a deal with a cop or that I was working for them undercover and so they went into some strange survival mode where I became the enemy and came after me..I never quite got it myself but I chalk it up to extreme paranoia, that’s the easiest explanation I can give it.

            And I’m sorry but you have obviously never been in a situation like that and I hope you DO one day so you understand it because when someone throws shit and gets up to chase you, you THANK your lucky stars for the door between you. Banging on it..cussing and threatening, yelling “You cant tell me to stop! You can’t tell me what to do! I’ll make it so you never talk again!!”??? I had to lock the door, run to my closet and get my shotgun then yell back that I was armed and they needed to gtfo of my house or risk injury/death. They left and came back the next day apologizing, telling me it was an isolated incident, that maybe the smoked some bad weed, that they were paranoid, that they would change yadda yadda but to please not kick them out. I was stupid enough to believe them until my money went missing.

            And how the hell am I supposed to know who you are calling a shill? You didn’t even mention Gupta, I did. All you said was “a paid shill, sure”, no name, no reference nothing..maybe be more specific who you are talking about. I hear communication is hard for druggies.

    • Jessica Cielo

      you are really dumb! wow…..ummm all I have to say is maybe you’ve had a horrible experience with some laced stuff? Which by the way, if we decriminalize it we would see much less of that. oh, and just read below comment. I would like to say you are total scum for being against something that could help people like my son for his epilepsy and my fiance and daughter for their bipolar disorder. Not only that but I never saw a fight at a Marley concert or at an ICP concert, cept for the haters who start it in the first place.

      • Paula

        ICP followers are considered to be part of a large gang according to the FBI . . .

      • Noah

        I wasn’t smoking it..they were. I bet you’re the one who blames a rape victim for what she was wearing. Or hey maybe a battered blame here instead of the alcohol that turns her man violent, who without the stuff is normally the nice guy she married? pot heads always blame everything but the pot. Typical.

        • Say NO to Noah count

          Sure Noah count. And prohibitionists like you will blame only the pot. Typical

          • Noah

            What the hell is a Noah “count”..Im some kind of aristocrat now? Are you high? Should I blame your stupidity on your pot use or just on your low IQ..either one seems valid here.

        • Sean

          I’m sorry that you were a victim of DV. I say that not to be patronizing. But I’m going to be straight up with you. You are blaming cannabis as if it were the object that was abusing you, instead of the violent thug. You are taking responsibility away from the thug that battered you which is a form of Stockholm Syndrome. You are giving the violent thug a pass and lashing out at people like myself who sick and tired of people being jailed and persecuted for cannabis. You are aiding and abetting government persecution. That’s why you are getting the ridicule that you are receiving. I want to be sympathetic to your plight, but you slam the door on that when you call people like me juvenile names like “potheads”.

          • Noah

            Sorry I didn’t know I was here for sympathy. I just told my story and all I want is to see how many other people have suffered the same and get some formal statistics. I dont see how that is slamming the door on anything. You all talk about the “truth” all the time right? So why is it suddenly such a fascist thing to get some “truth” on the other side? The real truth is that you all can’t handle anything negative about your drug. Welcome to the real world..there are negatives and now they want to find out exactly how many have experienced this stuff. Don’t attempt to silence me and others like me just because you want to be comfortable.

          • Sean

            Noah, I’m not trying to silencing you. You don’t see me smashing your hands with a baseball bat so you can’t the stuff you are saying. So don’t be stupid, ok? Say your piece. But when you say your piece, you can expect to be called out on it ok. If that bothers you, then maybe you should go to some drug warrior forum and say your stuff. You’d obviously be in better company. Many of us on this forum are trying to fight the fascist war on cannabis, so if you spew your pro-government fascist nonsense about cannabis, then what the hell do you expect?

          • Sean

            *so you can’t post the stuff you are saying (sentence correction)

          • Noah

            I expect some sense and then, yes, I realize where I am and that sense among this lot is impossible. There is nothing fascist about gathering statistics. Again, this is just your attempts at keeping things one sided. I’m a prohibitionist but even I approve of more research being done on Cannabis because I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon and call something “safe” if there is no proof of it being safe (that’s what people, doctors included, did in the 1930s-50s jumpking the gun and calling cigarettes safe) especially after my own experience has told me it is anything BUT safe. If people claim it, they should prove it. So if my prohibitionist side wants data on marijuana’s link to violence..I am all for it. You all are not..but again that’s, by now, just typical behavior from you all. Not a single one of you can stand anyone saying anything negative about your plant. You all even jump like hyenas on your OWN KIND when they say they’ve had a bad experience or witnessed something negative. Vultures.

  • Timm

    I smoke . I am also married…. for 17 years . Not one time has the police been to my house . I would say Domestic violence Has alot more to do with the person not the drug it’s self . But Over using anything is unhealthy and has side effects . If you really want to look at Domestic Violence look at alcohol

  • Andy

    That depends on the person. Not marijuana. You know how many people have had fastfood before killing their spouse? Is there a link there? Technically yes. Because 40% of killers have eaten fastfood before going home to go kill their lover. But no, it has nothing to do with fastfood. Its the individual. The government just wants to find something against the marijuana cause, so they can continue to postpone doing something about it (legal wise) and to the comment a few spots below me; blame your husband and your bad choice in men. Not a natural drug. And Im sure he ate fastfood at some point before hitting you.

  • Connie Kuramoto

    hahahahaha goes to show how little they understand about weed

  • Lee

    In comparison to alcohol that is legal? I know it’s obvious, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

  • TK

    BINGO! I must admit, the comments I read, are right on board with my own thoughts. It’s the person, not the drug. Domestic violence is rampid as is. To utilize tax payers money, to fund a project based on this is well, lame. That’s $1.86 million over 4 years? Funds that could be diverted to a more worthy cause. This is stupid. Marijuana does not cause people to freak out to the point of killing etc. That’s the person. It’s not rocket science. I get my partner zapped for a reason. The sex is amazing. I use to get an appitite or to quelm pain that med’s can’t do. WE and our friends have never gotten violent! So this 4 year study? Humph, a waste of time and tax payers money. Perhaps the ones doing the research, should smoke one and scoff at how lame this is going to be.

  • jontomas

    Every year, the European soccer championships have been plagued by fan violence. Every year except for 2000. That was the year the games were held in Amsterdam. All observers noted the remarkable lack of violence and laid back atmosphere.

    Does anyone wonder why?

    • Gma Mrzlf

      Great point! W e need a board to confront,congress with all the positive facts and people like me to tell them it help control my anger and dealing with what has happen to my niece and stop this President.

  • alittlepeaceofmind

    I’d like one large fry with a side order of beat my wife, please.

  • jontomas

    This is an incredible stretch, even for NIDA. It makes me wonder if they have something else they are going to combine with this “study.”

    Perhaps the government is planning a huge crack-down on marijuana consumers. If so, many will not take it lying down. The natural violent reaction to such ugly oppression will be blamed on marijuana, “backed up” by this study.

    Hang on to your seats, folks!

  • Sean

    How about a study linking marijuana prohibition to domestic violence?

  • Jose Ramirez

    Actually, as the author wrote, they might find that smoking marijuana REDUCES domestic violence incidents in “at risk” families and that families that smoke marijuana are LESS LIKELY to abuse their spouse or children than families with alcohol or “hard” drugs like cocaine, meth, etc. which will FINALLY give us a GOVERNMENT FUNDED STUDY showing marijuana is NOT HARMFUL!!

  • Patrick Queen

    This is insane at best,they and everybody in the world knows that marijuana users ar for the most part docile and peacefull an do not get involved in domestic violence,marijuana doe’s not caue people to feel anger etc unless perhaps it’s laced with something like PCp or other bad drugs but by it’s s;ef it doe’s not sauce violence or domestic violence for that matter,Alcahol on the other hand is the leading drug as far as domestic violence in concerned,then comes the crack heads and cocaine addicts then comes the heroin addicts on last but not least the prescription pain killer abusers but marijuana?hell no it’s not even listed as a cause of domestic violence,all study’s and scientific research has all proven this not to be the case at all

  • Top Frog

    As a survivor of domestic violence I know this will be a GOOD study, helping get marijuana legalized and helping replace a lot of alcohol usage, which DOES cause domestic violence. The only problem I can see is if the partners fight over it before they use it, or one partner gets violent with the other because he/she doesn’t want the partner using it.

  • Terry2toes

    Everyone knows that peace and love are associated with Cannabis and that’s why the US government wants to put an end to it. Imagine the world full of peace and love, who would by US weapons systems?

  • Psycotropic

    2 $Million to check the police records to see how many cases of domestic violence there are directly associated to Cannabis use and then determine how many of those were intimate-partner violence.
    I can tell you the answer now = 0
    Send me $2Million for my service thanks!

  • denbee

    Millions of our dollars have been spent over the years trying to prove pot is dangerous and harmful to use. The feds have never spent a dime on trying to see what may be useful about the plant. All we have heard are made up lies and government induced hysteria…and we are ask to trust our elected officials. International studies of marijuana has produced wonderful data on the medicinal properties of pot yet our government just ignores it. We won’t fund research (unless the research is looking for negative associations link to pot) nor will we respect international research results that suggest pot can be very beneficial to use. Shall we go on forcing alcohol down our throats? Thousands die every year from booze…no one dies from pot. Pot has the incredible power to stop grand mal seizures, to relax spastic muscles, to calm raging minds. Using pot one can watch movies, read books, do hobbies, walk, run and even recite your ABC’s. Try any of that while your drunk! As Dr. Supta said, we have all been duped by our government. For 70 years we have been fed a line of shit by our good ole Uncle Sam. In the mean time I wonder how many people died from the use of booze and would they have died if they would have had a safer choice? Are we just collateral damage in big alcohol’s sales campaign? Do we really think that a slogan like “drink responsibly” should just let the alcohol industry off the hook for the millions of us they have killed over the years? We don’t have a choice, either drink booze or shut up. Don’t wait for our government’s permission to live a healthier life. I gave up alcohol and became a criminal 43 years ago when I smoked my first joint in Vietnam. It is the best thing that I have ever done. Wait for my clueless government’s permission? I would have died years ago, just more collateral damage, no big deal. Hell, if two kids fall off a gym set we all rally around, make laws and beat our chest saying this cannot happen again but what about the over 30 kids that died a college last year from alcohol overdose? No rally? No thumping our chest?. No ban on alcohol? Big booze runs this country. Let 20 kids die from bath salts and we write laws, ban the substance, but what about the thousands who die every year from booze? No bans? No rallies? Wonder why? Influence is for sale in Washington DC and guess who has the money to buy?

  • Peter Laine

    Check the link between legal alcohol and domestic violence. then tell me again why cannabis is illegal

  • Chris King

    I have to say I totally disagree with the “Hate Spin” angle of this article and it’s the completely wrong attitude to take. For decades marijuana advocates have making the point that the Government hasn’t been funding research on marijuana and now that the Government finally IS funding a study “specifically” about marijuana and it’s effects in correlation with one of the most important issues of the sociological impact of marijuana use, they spit in G’s face. The only thing I can say about the author and editors of the is that they totally fumbled the ball on their way to the end zone. And judging by the comments on the article page, Stoners don’t have a clue either. smh

    • Vercingetorix

      Don’t you think they couldn’t have given money to research a better link other than cannabis and domestic violence? How about some type of medical benefit? No. The government is pushing the same agenda they’ve been pushing since the war on drugs started. You are the clueless one.

      • Chris King

        No, this should be taken as a “positive” and welcomed because the lead researcher has already made the mistake of making an implicit claim that there is a negative link between marijuana use and intimate relations violence. Now it is that specific claim to be or not be proven. It’s their chance to fail. Whoever wrote the press release messed up.

        • Chris King

          The quote is out of context, here’s the entire wording of the UB release;

          A $1.86 million grant was made by the National Institute on Drug
          Addiction (NIDA) to Maria Testa, RIA senior research scientist, for
          her study titled “Proximal Effects of Marijuana in
          Understanding Intimate Partner Violence.” The study will take
          place over four years.

          Testa says that despite the commonly held belief that marijuana
          suppresses aggression, many studies have found a positive
          association between marijuana use and intimate-partner

          “Although marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug
          in the United States—with increases in rates of usage over
          the past few years—there is a lack of research regarding
          marijuana use and aggression,” says Testa.
          “Understanding the contribution of marijuana to the
          occurrence of domestic violence has important public health

          Her research will address this gap in knowledge by examining the
          effects of marijuana use in couples and the consequences for their

          • John

            If “many studies have found a positive association” then how is there “a lack of research regarding use and aggression”? You don’t see those statements as contradictory? Where is the association from if not? The truth is there are not “many” studies or even “several”. Don’t you think if there was even a causal relationship we wouldn’t have already heard that smoking weed causes you to beat your partner? The Prohibs would love to crow about that.

            The reason it is a “commonly held belief” is because it’s true. Or is everybody that holds that common belief wrong?

            “Her research will address this gap in knowledge by examining the
            effects of marijuana use in couples and the consequences for their

            I am assuming this is your statement since there are no quotes.

            This isn’t a relationship study except peripherally and there really is no proximal effect of marijuana except what they will attempt to create in this “study”. This is a plain and simple attempt to link marijuana use with incidence of domestic violence. There is no positive outcome here in gaining whatever result is passed off as knowledge or evidence of. That isn’t how the NIDA works.

          • Johan Mathiesen

            @ John, Good point about the contradiction. But the last sentence about “Her relationship…” isn’t in quote marks because the entire quote was without quote marks. The quote marks from the previous paragraph were because Testa’a actual words were being quoted within the larger quote.

          • John

            OK thanks for clarifying that. Re-reading that it becomes clear that is the case.

          • Chris King

            Thanks for catching that, I edited and added lines to show that.

          • Gma Mrzlf

            lol better sex oh yeah see we already know!

          • warlordpres

            Try having Sex on L. S. D. Oh my good old Orange Sunshine. God
            I miss those days I am 73 year old biker still ridding my Harley until
            death due us part. What a life I had Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll Oh Yea :)

          • Chroncat101

            Huh? Well that is quite a bit different than the headline reads.

          • warlordpres

            No shit bud.

    • jontomas

      If you believe NIDA conducts real, objective research, I’ve got a few bridges you may be interested in

      • Chris King

        So the Govt SHOULDN’T study marijuana? You know I’ve never been to Bizarro World,. Where do I buy tickets?

        • dillio12

          Chris you got it all wrong. The government been studying marijuana for a long time. But all the marijuana studies have been an attempt to prove it is harmful. For an example, when they forced monkeys to inhale pure marijuana smoke for 5 minutes without any oxygen. That is how they linked marijuana to brain damaged..

          • Ripped_Monkey

            Man that would have been a good day to be a monkey, for a day anyway = )

        • jontomas

          Of course, the government, and many other medical researchers, should study marijuana. In fact, there have already been several major government commissions on marijuana – including Nixon’s Shafer Commission of 1972. They all concluded marijuana is less addictive than coffee, is far less harmful than alcohol, and should be regulated as is alcohol. The reports of all these major commissions can be read here:

          But NIDA is not a research organization. They are a political organization – set up to generate scientific sounding excuses to keep waging the war on marijuana consumers.

          You do know that NIDA ONLY looks for harms of marijuana, right? They refuse to support any research of marijuana’s benefits.

          Doesn’t that seem a little suspect to you?

          • Chris King

            Thanks jontomas, you have cleared that up for me. I also want to thank everyone else involved in this discussion for their contributions. I still feel that a more positive and confident spin needs to be used by the “voices” of marijuana reform. If it were me writing about the NIDA grant to UB I would have deflected the negative and foretold the positive for us without insult to the organization, but compliment of their effort.

            “I welcome NIDA’s decision to grant funding for research into marijuana’s role in the breakdown of intimate relations and I’m confident that the results of this research will show that marijuana does not play any greater role than any other more commonly abused substances. As a Society, we should be concerned not with the specific substances of abuse, but the genetic predisposition of those who substances. It is wrong to deny the many who use marijuana in a responsible manner their freedom because of those few that have a problem.”

        • Johnny oneye

          Google Apoptosis
          Youtube Crycheck
          Rick simpson
          Now finish your koolaid
          Let real scientist conduct unbiased studies
          Bigger fish

      • warlordpres

        No shit buddy!!

      • Johnny oneye

        Just like the FDA is controlled by big
        pharma see (aspertame /RUmsfield)
        How did that poison get through fda approval?
        Follow the $$$$

    • Johnson

      Shake your head all you want, I bet your one of those binge drinking assholes, that go home and beat on the wife, or kick the dog cause it was in your way. That or your just fucking retarded, Get your facts together before you think your know what the hell your talking about. To our government all you old crusted intern fucking, fat fucking pigs. Your time is up our time is now, overthrow the government and start with a new one cause this one just keeps fucking up. Hey I’ve got an idea how about you tell us who really killed JFK……….no wait we know it was you fucks. To think that we’re dumb enough to say 3 shots did so much damage give me a fucking break. Fuck this country and anyone who thinks the government is doing a swell job.

      • Gma Mrzlf

        I with you Johnson, @chris you entired too but, I’ exsample: three black guys killed my niece execution,in the back of the head. It’s not a black thing with me it’s a punk thing if it was for mj I couldn’t write this because,my anger,starts me shaking,how could they little bitchs. Now their are alot of vet that are ill from a war we should of never been,mj has been used my ,Japanese,Mexican, Native Americans and are founding fathers before meds where invented. So what’s the big deal is Obama works for somebody else,he’s not for use,the administration and him need to where they keep spending my money,need them out now. Or a FEMA box with your name on is waiting because you’ll follow. The studies have been done it’s an excuse ,lies,and contro.

    • Valient

      No, you see, you’re the one who doesn’t have a clue. It’s well known that the government does fund studies about cannabis. However, the funding and distribution of the “legal government cannabis” has to go through the NIDA and they’ve stated before that they only want to fund studies that show abuse. There have also been multiple studies which they funded on cannabis which found results opposite of what they wanted, so they dropped funding on them.

    • MikeParent

      96% of govt research regarding marijuana is to look for a negative factor! This explains their tactic: “Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy … and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’ … fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. … The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.”
      – William F. Buckley,
      Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

    • Johnny oneye

      Studies are bias
      Real studies should be neutral

      • warlordpres

        My name is Johnny and I have 7 party eyes to replace the one I lost. How about that.
        I watched ” MARIJUNA MADNESS ” when I was a kid back in1953 I believed that shit
        until I turned 23 I do not trust, believe, any fucking thing the government says about
        anything. I have a motto I live by ” do not believe anything you hear & only 1/2 of what
        you see” Good motto, but very hard to live by. Good Night people. me R. D.

    • Chroncat101

      I believe the reason that many people have a problem with the study is because NIDA will spend half of that 2 million to pay the scientists to skew the study, and in turn skew public opinion. Has there ever been a government study that proved pot to be safe and healthy? I believe there was one in the 70′s, but that information was squashed by government white-washers.

  • JAPentz

    So exactly *how* are they taking alcohol out of the equation to prove this? More tax dollars spent on stupidity by the moronic US government. As to the comment below mine, OF COURSE they fund studies . . to prove cannabis is bad, abused and addictive. The ONLY studies they fund are to show a wonderful god given plant is evil. I honestly don’t know why people don’t stop paying taxes for all the crap the government uses them for . . . .wars of aggression, the FDA and the DEA and useless unprovable studies like this one. Get alcohol out of the picture.