Alex Berenson’s Tell Your Children is wrong on marijuana, psychosis, and violence

Alex Berenson’s Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence starts early on with a personal anecdote: One night, Jacqueline Berenson, a forensic psychiatrist and Berenson’s wife, recalled a case in which a man “cut up his grandmother or set fire to his apartment.” At some point in the discussion, Jacqueline remarked, “Of course he was high, been smoking pot his whole life.”

As a journalist, this piqued Berenson’s curiosity. He claims that, previously, he saw marijuana as relatively harmless. But here was his wife, with all her expertise, linking marijuana to a gruesome crime. When he pushed back, his wife told him to look at the scientific evidence. So he did. The result is the book in which that conversation is now being retold — a book that’s gotten widespread favorable coverage in CNBC, the New

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