Headlines Like “Teenager Stabbed Over Marijuana” Ignore True Cause of Violence

Whenever violent crimes and marijuana overlap police and the media are quick to blame the marijuana instead of the dangerous black markets created by prohibition.


Lakeville, Massachusetts police told local media, who reported it unquestioningly, that marijuana was the cause of a stabbing that occurred during a robbery.

From WVCB:

One teenager stabbed another during a marijuana robbery over the weekend, police in Lakeville said.

The victim, a 19-year-old, called 911 at 2:23 p.m. on Saturday to report that he’d been stabbed. The victim was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, police said.

On Sunday, officers arrested Benjamin Richard, 18, of 13 Long Point Road in Lakeville.

Police said the victim was stabbed short distance from Richard’s home and involved the theft of marijuana from the victim.

Richard is charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery and possession of ammunition with an FID card.

This makes exactly exactly as much sense as reporting that if someone got stabbed while their car was being robbed, that they were stabbed over a car. The objects of a robbery are not why crimes happen, criminal intentions are why crimes happen. The only part of this equation that bears any of the responsibility for the stabbing is the stabber. Dragging marijuana into it only serves to fortify the prohibition agenda of the policing institution.

Police and the media constantly blame marijuana as the cause of violent crimes, which as I have already explained, is actually caused by prohibition laws and enforcement.

If no legal restrictions against cannabis existed, and marijuana sales were conducted openly in a free market, then the violence incited by those who must trade in the cloak of deviancy would not exist.

All kinds of products experience an increase in demand which does not cause people to kill, because supply is not restricted by external forces. In this case laws against cannabis act as an external force cutting supply from demand and creating disorder in those markets.

So it stands to reason that those enforcing the prohibition laws that criminalize cannabis are the real cause of the problem. If they really wanted to see violent crimes decrease, then they would refuse to enforce laws that cause them to happen. The interest here is not so much in protecting the people, but from protecting the multi-billion dollar law enforcement racket of prohibition.

Ultimately the police themselves, who ignore their ability to exercise the laws with discretion, are what cause violence like this. Their reasoning for blaming cannabis is pretty clear, to deflect blame from themselves. What then are the self interests being protected by mainstream media outlets who report this blame as fact and refuse to investigate the underlying issues and challenge policing’s opportunistic monopoly on truth?

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