Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

December 2, 2020
Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

In "a brilliant antidote to all the...false narrativesabout pot" (American Thinker), anaward-winning author and former New York Times reporterreveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness,and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug—facts themedia have ignored as the United States rushes to legalizecannabis.Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states. Advocatesargue cannabis can help everyone from veterans to cancer sufferers.But legalization has been built on myths—that marijuana arrestsfill prisons; that most doctors want to use cannabis as medicine;that it can somehow stem the opiate epidemic; that it is beneficialfor mental health. In this meticulously reported book, AlexBerenson, a former New York Times reporter, explodes thosemyths, explaining that almost no one is in prison for marijuana; atiny fraction of doctors write most authorizations for medicalmarijuana, mostly for people who have already used; and marijuanause is linked to opiate and cocaine use. Most of all, THC—thechemical in marijuana responsible for the drug's high—can causepsychotic episodes."Alex Berenson has a reporter's tenacity, a novelist'simagination, and an outsider's knack for asking intemperatequestions" (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker), as heranges from the London institute that is home to the scientists whohelped prove the cannabis-psychosis link to the Colorado prisonwhere a man now serves a thirty-year sentence after eating aTHC-laced candy bar and killing his wife. He sticks to the facts,and they are devastating.With the US already gripped by one drug epidemic, Tell YourChildren is a "well-written treatise" (PublishersWeekly) that "takes a sledgehammer to the promised benefits ofmarijuana legalization, and cannabis enthusiasts are not going tolike it one bit" (Mother Jones).