Domestic Violence Reduced with Medical Marijuana?

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Philip H. Smith, Ph.D, an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, working in the Yale Global Mental Health Program has published a study showing that young married couples in the first 9 years of marriage who both smoke marijuana have lower incidents of domestic violence.

The study showed that even if only one of the partners smoked marijuana, it would still lower the incidents of domestic violence, however not as much as when both partners participated in marijuana intake.

Philip Smith holds both Masters and Doctoral  degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo, also where the study was conducted. The data was collected by lead investigator Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D from a study called Proximal Effects of Marijuana in Understanding Intimate Partner Violence with the theory that marijuana can suppress aggression.

This particular study was funded by NIDA (National Institution for Drug Abuse) from 2007-2013 at a cost  $1,862,243. Dr. Leonard has been quoted as saying “Although this study supports the perspective that marijuana does not increase, and may decrease, aggressive conflict,” he says, “we would like to see research replicating these findings”

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