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The Findings Are Consistent With Previous Studies On The Effects Of Marijuana Legalization And Violent Crime.

Cross referencing their findings with data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports, they found that the decrease in violent crime is largely due to a drop in drug-related homicides. The findings are consistent with previous studies on the effects of marijuana legalization and violent crime. Denver experienced a 2.2 percent drop in violent crime rates the year after legal recreational marijuana first went on sale in the state of Colorado, and Denver property crime plummeted by significant 8.9 percent over the same period . In Washington state where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012, medical marijuana violent crime decreased by 10 percent overall from 2011 to 2014. That hasn’t stopped Trump Administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions from insisting this February that legalized marijuana results in higher violent crime, citing nameless “experts” and no statistics or studies to back up his claim: “I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot. I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.” Interestingly, Sessions attempted to support his assertion by reasoning that, “You can’t sue somebody for drug debt; the only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that.” The very fact that commerce in marijuana remains in the black market, outside of the protections of the legal system, is exactly one reason why the sort of vigilante justice Sessions describes takes place. In Washington state where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012, violent crime decreased by 10 percent overall from 2011 to 2014. RELATED ARTICLE:  Congress Effectively Legalizes Medical Marijuana at the Federal Level When marijuana is legalized, legitimate businesses engage in marijuana commerce, businesses run by law-abiding entrepreneurs with federal tax ID numbers and nothing to fear from turning to the courts to peacefully resolve disputes with vendors and customers. In 2010, with the death toll from U.S.

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