Could the legalization of cannabis reduce crime in your community?
The legalization of cannabis in Canada on October 17 will take marijuana out of the illicit market and into the legal marketplace. Will this have an affect on crime rates? Some economists think so.
A 2017 study found that certain crimes were reduced in Washington following the legalization of recreational marijuana in that state. The study also found evidence that legalization reduced the use of other drugs, as well as both ordinary and binge alcohol consumption. Another study, from 2014, looked at the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana in the U.S. and crime rates, and concluded that legalization did not result in an increase in crime. Instead, the study found, legalization “…may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates…”
What do you think? Could the legalization of cannabis reduce crime in your community?
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