CATEGORIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
1. Accident victims - People are injured in marijuana related accidents such as in workplace, homes, schools, and public places. This includes those injured by explosions caused by marijuana production.
2. Abused elders - Elders may be abused by marijuana users.
3. Children of marijuana users - Many children have marijuana using parents and may be abused or neglected by those parents. Marijuana use is not a victimless crime. It is involved in child abuse, neglect and divorce.
4. Crime victims - People may be killed, assaulted and robbed by marijuana users.
5. Domestic violence victims - Spouse abuse and abuse of relatives may be caused by marijuana use.
6. Drug Dealer Liability Act victims - Legislatures across the nation are passing Drug Dealer Liability Acts (DDLA), that make drug dealers civilly liable to those injured by a driver under the influence of drugs, families who lose a child to illegal drugs and others injured by illegal drugs.
7. Employers - There is lost work time and wages due to marijuana use and accidents and negligence caused by marijuana use. There is loss of competitiveness due to lowered mental abilities created by use of marijuana.
8. Environmental damage victims from marijuana grow operations
9. Grandparents - Many parents are addicted to marijuana and as a result their children are being raised by their children's grandparents. In addition, many grandparents have marijuana addicted grandchildren.
10. Marijuana consumers - There is product liability for the production and sale of dangerous and/or contaminated and poorly processed marijuana for medical or recreational use.
11. Marijuana addicts - Society pays a high price for the addiction of marijuana users.
12. Marijuana intoxicated driving victims - Many people are injured or killed by marijuana impaired drivers. Several states have passed laws that may make marijuana dealers civilly liable to those injured by a driver under the influence of marijuana. There is also server liability for marijuana stores that sell medical or recreational marijuana to customers who then kill or injure others in car crashes.
13. "Medical" marijuana users - Marijuana may be more dangerous than regulated pharmaceuticals and it causes many harms. People may decide to not get proper medical treatment and use marijuana instead and be damaged by it.
14. People who suffer mental health impairment due to marijuana - Marijuana users can develop mental illness due to marijuana use. This causes suicide and violence.
15. Parents - There are parents who have marijuana addicted children or who have lost children to marijuana related deaths or mental illness. Several states have passed laws that make marijuana dealers civilly liable to families who lose a child to illegal marijuana and others injured by illegal marijuana.
16. Pets - Colorado reports a four-fold increase in the number of dogs treated for marijuana intoxication between 2005 and 2010.
17. Property owners - The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute allows lawsuits by private citizens injured by the racketeering activity of selling marijuana in violation of federal law. This include people who have suffered business or property value losses or other damage due to marijuana racketeering.
18. Sexual victims - Marijuana use leads to sexual promiscuity and spread of AIDS and other blood borne infections.
19. Students and schools - Students may be victimized by disruptive marijuana users in their schools. In addition, the ability of the schools to provide an orderly learning environment is impaired by marijuana users.
20. Trademark and copyright infringement victims when marijuana products are named after well known products such as: Girl Scout Cookies, Gummy Bears, Pot Tarts.
21. Workers and farm employees in the marijuana industry - They may be exposed to pesticides, heavy metals, fungus and other forms of contamination.