Let me start by saying the primary angle of this story is the loss of life. A boy lost his mother at the hand of his father. But in this brave new world of legalized marijuana, is this kind of mental condition – whether it leads to a murder or otherwise – something we’re going to see just as a matter of fact?
Police have said Kristine, 44, pleaded in the 911 call for authorities to hurry and send officers because her husband had asked her to get a gun and shoot him.
She said Richard, 48, was hallucinating and talking about the end of the world after having marijuana-infused candy and possibly pain pills, according to police reports.
As the call continued, Kristine Kirk frantically told a 911 call-taker that her husband was getting a gun from a safe. Within a few seconds, the call-taker could hear her screaming. There was a single gunshot before the line went quiet.
Speaking of decriminalized marijuana, this Politico article reports from Holland – who has tolerated (and only semi-legalized) marijuana for over 40 years – says the experiment hasn’t been all that:
Nor do many critics see the use of soft drugs as an innocent activity any longer, or for that matter as one’s own business. Parliamentarians make speeches and wave medical reports that say soft drugs can be addictive after all. Teens, they say, generally are not too keen on moderation: There are a lot of media reports about boys and girls who “blew” their youth away. Also, cannabis with more than 15 percent of THC, its primary intoxicant, is now legally classified as a hard drug. After some fatal accidents with tourists, even some types of mushrooms have been blacklisted. Coffee shops are now heavily regulated; they are not allowed to “promote” the use of soft drugs. In many cities, they are no longer tolerated near schools. In an attempt to discourage drug tourism in the south of the Netherlands you now have to prove you are a Dutch citizen to buy your allowed amount of cannabis. Following the Dutch tradition of regulating everything, a large-scale experiment with a so-called wietpas (weedpass) was instigated, turning the coffee shops into clubs that only Dutch citizens could join; the policy failed miserably. Not surprisingly, illegal dealing on the streets is a growing business again. Also, drug lords do not always seem to distinguish between soft and hard drugs. Business at the “back door” of the coffee shop is often quite shady, attracting gangs and criminal syndicates. Since there is so much money to be made, the growing of Dutch weed is often handled by thugs, inevitably accompanied by threats, rip-off deals and violence.