Colorado district attorney says marijuana is ‘gateway drug to homicide’

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (WCMH) — A district attorney in Colorado has caused controversy after saying marijuana leads to homicides.

“Marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state, and people need to start recognizing that,” said 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May, according to KKTV.

May made the remark after more than a dozen people were arrested on federal charges after they were reportedly operating an illegal marijuana business.

The Southern Colorado Cannabis Council responded to May’s comments with the statement:

“Study after study has shown that there is no correlation between cannabis use and violent crime.”

The group is asking May to retract his statement or prove there’s a connection between marijuana and homicides. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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