Medical Marijuana Legalization May Lead To Lower Homicide Rates, Study Finds

Morris, Michael TenEyck, J. C. Barnes and Tomislav V. Kovandzic, appears in the journal PLOS ONE . We’ve included the complete article below, but an abstract summarizes the findings like so: “Results did not indicate a crime exacerbating effect of MML [medical marijuana legalization] on any of the Part I offenses. Alternatively, state MML may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates, net of other covariates.” The italicized “may” above appears in the original — and the word appears again in a passage that drills a bit deeper into the results. Here’s an excerpt: With one exception — forcible rape — states passing MML laws experienced reductions in crime and the rate of reduction appears to be steeper for states passing MML laws as compared to others for several crimes such as homicide, robbery, and aggravated assault. The raw number of homicides, robberies, and aggravated assaults also appear to be lower for states passing MML as compared to other states, especially from 1998-2006. These preliminary results suggest MML may have a crime-reducing effect, but recall that these are unconditional averages, meaning that the impact of the covariates and other factors related to time series trends have not been accounted for in these figures. Also included in the piece are a series of graphics depicting the rates of assorted crimes in medical marijuana states.
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