Tuesday, January 22, 2019
In prior posts, I have noted here and here commentaries by the author of the new book by Alex Berenson, "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence," as well as the lengthy Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker essay about the book. And in this post, I rounded up some of the major commentaries expressing concerns about Berenson's claims that more marijuana use is leading to more mental illness and more violence. In addition to collecting all these posts via links below, I also wanted to spotlight a few more notable commentaries in this space:
From Dave Levitan, "Reefer Madness 2.0: What Marijuana Science Says, and Doesn’t Say. A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies, and scientific errors."
From Carl Hart and Charles Ksir, "Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders?: Alex Berenson says the drug causes ‘sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults’. As scientists, we find his claims misinformed and reckless"
Prior related posts:
- Flagging concerns about potential links between marijuana, mental illness and violence
- Another notable commentary about the risks of marijuana legalization (without accounting for harms of prohibition)
- Malcolm Gladwell rightly highlights how much we do not know about marijuana (but still ignores what we know about prohibition)
- Rounding up commentary pushing back on efforts to link marijuana, psychosis and violence