- American Cannabis Report Editorial Staff
"Shocking Violence" in Dallas: a Fight, a Beatdown, or Anti-Cannabis Propaganda?
Having researched and reported on the deep damage done by 80 years of anti-cannabis propaganda in America, we at the American Cannabis Report have grown completely cynical about any reports of mayhem caused by cannabis users. Comparing dozens of news stories and historical documents, we have found NO examples of violent acts where cannabis is the lone culprit.
ZERO. ZILCH. NONE.
In fact, such propaganda is so easy to spot, it's also easy to categorize. We have identified seven Cannabis Canards - the 7 standard tropes of anti-cannabis propaganda that have been spread via various media for the past 80 years, including the absurd film "Reefer Madness" produced by William Randolph Hearst.
As we have reported previously, #5 of the "7 Cannabis Canards" is that use of cannabis causes SHOCKING VIOLENCE.
The video you'll see here shows a gang of youths fighting with (and ultimately beating the sh*t out of) a lone man on a Dallas train. The fight spills out the door and onto the platform. It's an awful beating and difficult to watch a pack of youths attack a man so violently.
The incident was introduced like this by the Washington Post
"On Sunday night, a 44-year-old man riding on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train was beaten by a group of other passengers after he said he asked them to stop smoking marijuana"
Our propaganda-radar jumped at the thought that all this violence was solely caused by cannabis. First of all, the video begins when the fight is in full-swing (no pun intended). So it's IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL WHAT OTHER SUBSTANCES the youths had done before they got on the train.
Therefore, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONCLUDE that the battle was caused by the cannabis mentioned in the initial argument, and not by a combination of drugs, alcohol, teenage hormones, or group dynamics, or simply out of control rage.
Click on the image below for a link to the story on the local NBC affiliate: