Ruined lives, wrecked minds – the terrible cost of cannabis

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ALEX Berenson’s book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence, opens with a horror story. A mentally ill Australian woman, Raina Thaiday, stabbed to death her seven children and an eighth child, her niece. According to health professionals who examined Thaiday, her use of cannabis was almost certainly a major factor in her illness and therefore in the ghastly tragedy of the killings.

Thaiday’s case is an extreme example, but not unique. Using a wide range of evidence from around the world, Berenson demonstrates a strong and clear relationship between cannabis and …

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