Dope stirs violence
IT’S often claimed to be a mellow drug but cannabis users have been found to be more likely to commit violent crime.
Pioneering research has warned those who smoke the drug regularly run a higher risk of using violence.
The project is the first to demonstrate that cannabis is not only linked to violent crime but is the cause.
Violent incidents monitored by the study based on the lives of more than 1100 American psychiatric patients included assaults, attacks with weapons and rapes.
Researchers said that cannabis causes violence; and they found no evidence of the reverse, that violent people were more likely to use cannabis.
There was no support, they said, for theories put forward by campaigners anxious to free the drug from the taint of links to crime.
The academics said the effect of cannabis was clear and not diminished by factors such as heavy drinking of alcohol.