Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence: What We Really Know

A woman lights a joint at a pro-pot demonstration in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (Dominick Reuter / Reuters)
Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, by Alex Berenson (Free Press, 272 pp., $26)

Alex Berenson’s new book had a brief moment in the sun earlier this year, with favorable coverage in Mother Jones, a cordial review by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker, and an essay from Berenson promoting the book in the New York Times, before being shouted down by a chorus of online critics. The critics had a point: This is a book that aims to marshal reams of statistical evidence documenting a link between marijuana and psychosis — and in turn one between marijuana and violence — and Berenson, to put it bluntly, is not particularly skilled when it comes

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