“Canâ€™t sugarcoat this,â€ said Judge Robert Richter. â€œTo take somebody and threaten their life in that fashion. . . Smoking marijuana doesnâ€™t make you do that. Somebody in college studying criminal justice should know.â€
This was from an article about a former college student who mugged Kal Penn at gunpoint and tried to explain his actions due to struggling with drug use.
I never have any sympathy for people who try to excuse their violent crimes because of their drug use. No, it is the individual who is responsible, not the drug.
Even though the Twinkie Defense is really a myth, the very concept quite appropriately mocks the notion that a substance can be held responsible for violent crimes.