Violent Crime Down After Legalization


Just over the border in Washington state, politicians prepare for a federal crackdown on marijuana, based on statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those fearing the crackdown believe that an upcoming report on marijuana legalization from the DOJ will attempt to link it directly with an increase in violent crime. Unfortunately, the report will seemingly be in direct contradiction with the facts, as Washington state has been experiencing first hand.

Marijuana has been legal in Washington in one form or another since 2012. Since legalization, the state has seen a drop in not only violent crime, but in crimes per capita. Violent offenses fell from 295 violent crimes per 100,000 people to 284. Crimes in general per 100,000 people fell from 3.6 to 3.3. This alone could not back up the thesis that marijuana legalization has a direct impact on violent crime, however, similar data has been reported in nearly every state that has allowed marijuana sales. California has seen significant drops in crime rates most notably a 20% drop in juvenile crime. Colorado has also experienced similar decreases in crime, particularly in traffic homicides and DUIs.

The drop in violent crime in Washington state follows the trend that occurs when an area embraces marijuana legalization. Canada, who is set to legalize nationally next year, will also benefit from not only the crime rate drop, but the saving in expenditures connected to marijuana enforcement and the benefit of the reallocation of those resources. As Canada has taken steps toward sensible marijuana policy, the US Justice Department seems intent on enforcing outdated marijuana policy that hinders progress for us all.

August 13, 2017

by Davie Dabbs aka Popeye

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Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.


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