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Study: Medical Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Lead To More Crime

These findings run counter to the claim that marijuana dispensaries and grow houses lead to an increase in victimization because of the opportunities for crime linked to the amount of drugs and cash that are present. Morris said the models accounted for an exhaustive list of sociodemographic and econometric variables that are well-established links to changes in crime rates, including statistics on poverty, unemployment, college education, prison inmates and even the amount of beer consumed per person per year. Data came from theU.S. Census Bureau, theBureau of Economic Analysisand theBureau of Labor Statistics. The results are remarkable, Morris said. Its pretty telling. It will be interesting to see what future studies hold. Once data are available, the researchers plan to investigate the relationship between recreational marijuana legalization and crime in Washington and Colorado, where the legalized marijuana marketplace is taking shape. While its too soon to say if there are definitive drawbacks to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Morris said, the study shows that legalization does not pose a serious crime problem, at least at the state level. This new information will make the dialogue between those opposed and in favor of [marijuana] legalization on more of an even playing field, Morris said. It takes away the subjective comments about the link between marijuana laws and crime so the dialogue can be more in tune with reality. It must be difficult to be an opponent of marijuana reform, says said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), a police officer for 34 years who now headsLaw Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs. They cant make arguments against legalization based on logic and facts so they must constantly resort to fear-based hypotheticals and anecdotes that keep getting proved wrong by systematic study.
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