Leading California Anti-Pot Activist Says Marijuana Causes 'Almost All' Mass Murders

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Roger Morgan, who is spearheading the campaign against legalization, says cannabis really is a "killer weed."

Harry Anslinger, who directed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1932 to 1962, famously described marijuana as a "killer weed" that inspired irrational acts of savage violence. Anslinger's method was simple: He would identify crimes committed by marijuana users and assert that the drug must have been the cause. It was not the most scientific approach, but it was good enough for government work. Roger Morgan, the anti-pot activist who is spearheading the campaign against legalization in California, has managed to out-Anslinger Anslinger by claiming, in a recent Reason TV interview, that in "almost all of the mass murders that we've had in recent years," the perpetrator "has been a heavy marijuana user, because it changes the brain."

For now let us overlook, as Anslinger did, the distinction between correlation and causation. It was news to...

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