Reefer murder madness killing sprees!

If the history of ‘progressive’ campaigns here in Australia is any guide, next year’s referendum in New Zealand on marijuana legalisation will almost certainly be a decidedly one-sided affair. A republic, same-sex marriage: both saw the affirmative campaign given not just a megaphone in a sympathetic media, but one-sided promotion and funding by government, not to mention from the oligarchs of ‘woke’ big business.

Although the fuddy-duddies of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy still managed to pull off an unlikely victory for the status quo, their fellow negatives never stood a chance in the gay marriage campaign. If all else failed, their opponents were more than ready to use lawfare to shut them up.

Expect the stoners to be cake-walked through the cannabis referendum.

So I wouldn’t be living up to my curmudgeonly principles if I didn’t give a fair hearing to some of the negative arguments. I’ve already reported on the correlation between decriminalisation in the US and road accidents. But there’s another, even more alarming, problem to consider. quote.

Contrary to the image of potheads as peaceful stoners, “cannabis-dependent psychotic patients were four times as likely to be violent,” Alex Berenson writes in his magnificent new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. “No other factor was nearly as important. Alcohol use, which was common among the patients, made no difference.” end quote.

Get outta here, I hear you say. This is something straight out of those laughable old PSAs like Reefer Madness. quote.

So where are all the marijuana-induced murders?

As Berenson says, they’re hiding in plain sight. But until you’re told about the cannabis-psychosis link, you don’t even notice. Crime reporters don’t want to look uncool by asking about the perp’s marijuana use, and, inasmuch as being high isn’t a legal defense, neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have an incentive to request that suspects be tested for pot.

At the end of his book, Berenson runs through a slew of depraved murders, inexplicably gruesome — until you find out the perpetrators were high on marijuana. None of these were reported as cannabis-induced homicides.

In 2016, 35-year-old comic book artist and screenwriter Blake Leibel scalped his girlfriend, stripping her skull to the bone, drained her body of blood, then hid out in their West Hollywood condo with her desiccated corpse for more than a week…The girlfriend had complained to her mother that Blake smoked “huge” amounts of marijuana. end quote.

The perpetrator of a similarly gruesome murder in England had long boasted that he was “the biggest stoner in the world.” quote.

After reading Berenson’s book, you’ll suddenly start noticing pot-induced murders all over.

Just last week in Ventura County, California, a preliminary hearing was held in the case of Bryn Spejcher, an employed, well-educated 28-year-old with no criminal record or history of mental illness. She stands accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death…A forensic scientist from the crime lab confirmed that no drug other than THC was present in Bryn’s blood and no drug other than THC was found in the bong. end quote.

The media aren’t just ignoring the cannabis link in such crimes, they’re actively trying to misdirect blame to more politically-correct narratives. quote.

Last Sunday’s New York Times magazine featured a story by Wil Hylton about how his cousin tried to murder him for absolutely no reason a few years ago. Hylton blamed toxic masculinity: “the conventions of male identity were toxic … Masculinity is a religion.”

There was a rather more obvious explanation screaming out from his story…Times readers filled the “Comments” page with indignation at toxic masculinity, but one, a Toronto psychiatrist, wrote: “The article doesn’t mention that his cousin’s regular marijuana use could be one possible cause of his paranoid hallucinations.”

Finally, you may have seen the story about a quintuple-homicide near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this year…Perhaps [killer] Theriot is just a run-of-the-mill schizophrenic. But I happened to notice that his only prior arrests were for: possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. End quote.


Now, of course, correlation isn’t causation, but it seems hard to dismiss these cases as mere coincidence. It might also be argued that such psychosis isn’t likely in any but the heaviest users: except that Bryn Spejcher, for one, was trying marijuana for the first time.

Besides, it seems pertinent to conjecture that, if marijuana is legalised, then surely heavy users might become more common?