Many people (wrongly) accuse marijuana of being a “gateway drug.” They argue that people who smoke pot will get into harder drugs later in life. But one Colorado district attorney says marijuana is a gateway drug to something much more dangerous: Murder.
Dan May is a District Attorney in Colorado who recently found himself in a bit of controversy for arguing that marijuana leads to increased homicides.
“Marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state, and people need to start recognizing that,” May told the KKTV.
May’s comments are…well…just blatantly false. The Southern Colorado Cannabis Council released a statement in response in which they stated, “Study after study has show that there is no correlation between cannabis use and violent crime…this is an extremely dangerous statement. It is dangerous to Colorado’s fastest growing industry and it is dangerous to anyone associated with cannabis Colorado.”
Not only does marijuana not lead to homicides, a recent study showed that legalized marijuana actually reduces crime. Two professors at universities in California found that neighborhoods saw an increase in crime after their local marijuana dispensaries closed.
We’re guessing May’s basing his comments off those wacky 1960s anti-marijuana propaganda movies. But considering how many voters seem to be voting in favor of marijuana legislation, he may want to change his position if he wants to win re-election.