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Couples Who Smoke Pot Less Inclined Toward Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A controversial new study suggests that married couples who get high on marijuana are less inclined to be involved in domestic violence than people who eschew the drug.

University of Buffalo researchers came to that conclusion after interviewing 600 couples about their lifestyle habits, which included marijuana use.

In fact, couples who smoked grass more frequently than others reported the lowest rates of domestic violence.

Study researcher Kenneth Leonard explains, “It is possible, for example, that -- similar to a drinking partnership -- couples who use marijuana together may share similar values and social circles, and it is this similarity that is responsible for reducing the likelihood of conflict.”

However, Leonard also stressed that the study was not endorsing marijuana use as a way to achieve marital bliss and asserted that researchers would like to expand it beyond heterosexual couples who had only been married once.

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