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Thu Feb 3 11:26:51 MST 2005
Josh Coates wrote:
> on pot..
> a 1998 study done by the National Institute of Justice found that out of the
> convicts that were under the influence of drugs during the comission of
> their crime, approximately 18.5% were under the influence of marijuana, and
> 15.2% were under the influence of cocaine or crack, and 5.6% were under the
> influence of heroin.
> note that the study didnt indicate whether or not the crime was violent or
> not - but it's interesting that folks high on marijuana seem to be
> committing (or at least getting convicted of) more crime than folks high on
> Josh Coates
That is interesting, but if I had to take a stab at it, I would guess
that those numbers are so simply because marijuana is more commonly used
than crack. So if someone is on a drug and committing a crime, the drug
is more likely to be marijuana than crack. It doesn't necessarily mean
that using marijuana makes a person more likely to commit other crimes.
I could be wrong though.
Everyone here has anecdotal evidence and life experiences. Jayce,
Sasha, me, everybody. Sasha might not know any responsible drinkers, I
do. Jayce knows some violent potheads, I don't. I felt compelled to
"defend" drinkers in the first place because I personally know many
people who enjoy drinking, who do not drive drunk or abuse their
families. It is a person's right to avoid a store that sells alcohol
and I don't have a problem with it, but I thought the generalizations
about drinkers and alcohol in general were ignorant and unfair and I
just felt urged to respond.
It's been interesting to see the variety opinions in this thread, and I
am glad the PLUG list tolerates an off-topic tangent now and then. I've
read this list for a while and I think it's great, but I have made very
few posts here however since I live in SLC, and I'm just naturally more
of a lurker than an active poster type. I was worried that I would get
flamed for my first post, and I immediately regretted sending it, but
I'm glad that it turned out ok.
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