Pubdate: Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)
Copyright: 2014 Lee Enterprises
Author: Michael Bolton


The Oregon Sheriff's Association contributed $100,000 to defeat 
Measure 91, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 
over 21. In essence, Oregon's sheriffs support and encourage domestic violence.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National 
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supported a study 
tracking 534 newly married couples and domestic violence, called 
intimate partner violence perpetration. The study set out to confirm 
marijuana increased domestic violence. It found the opposite; 
marijuana reduced domestic violence even when only one partner used 
it. The more marijuana was used, the less violence. The researchers 
surveyed and paid couples who applied for marriage licenses and got 
and stayed married nine years. The study results were published in 
"Psychology of Addictive Behaviors," Aug. 18, 2014, and is available on PubMed.

Police say they hate working domestic violence cases. Law enforcement 
should consider its risk and support legalizing marijuana. The job it 
does would be safer.

Michael Bolton

Albany (Oct. 19)
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