Justice

Domestic Violence a Big Problem... Except Among Couples Who Smoke Pot?

August 29th 2014

By:
Lindsay Haskell

The outlook just keeps getting better for pot smokers. A new study reveals that marijuana use may have a positive effect on marriages. A study by the University Of Buffalo analyzed data from 634 couples over the span of nine years of marriage – from 1996 to 2005 – and discovered that couples that used marijuana regularly reported the least frequent IPV (intimate partner violence) perpetration.

In particular, the study found that couples who smoked marijuana two to three times a month or more reported less frequent IPV perpetration by husbands. This finding proves especially significant considering one in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, females between the ages of 18 to 34 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence, reports the U.S. Department of Justice. Thus, it is in the best interest of millenials to pay attention to the potential benefits of marijuana.

The next step is to exert your right as a voter in the upcoming midterm election. Florida has a medical marijuana ballot measure up for the vote this November. Washington, D.C., Alaska and Oregon have recreational marijuana measures on the November 4 ballot.

So take the first step and register to vote here.