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Tax payers foot bill for $2 million study linking marijuana use and domestic violence

A federally-funded drug abuse research agency is granting nearly $2 million to study the link between marijuana use and domestic violence in what some supporters of marijuana decriminalization call another example of the organization’s “profound and unhidden political bias.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is granting $1.86 million to the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions to investigate the drug’s link to aggression.

“Although marijuana is commonly believed to suppress aggression,” says the study’s summary, “surveys consistently reveal positive associations between marijuana use and perpetration of intimate partner violence.”

The study will run from 2013 to 2017 and will follow couples in which one or both partners use marijuana to determine whether its use “results in affective, cognitive, or behavioral effects consistent with partner aggression.”

NIDA, which describes itself as supporting “most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction,” has a $1.05 billion budget for 2013. Read more

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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