FACT CHECK — HPD: Research Links Marijuana to Violent Behavior

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Lazy, maybe, with the munchies and a case of the giggles. But does pot make people violent?

Civil Beat wrote a story in January about a poll by QMark Research, commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The poll found more than half of Hawaii voters now want the state to make recreational marijuana legal for adults and there’s growing support for establishing medical pot dispensaries and decriminalizing possession of small amounts.

The Honolulu Police Department said it remains opposed to legalization in part because “research has linked frequent marijuana use with an increase in violent behavior.”

Readers who commented on the story blasted the assertion and called on HPD to share the research supporting the claim.

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