Crime Rates Fall in Colorado after Cannabis is Legalized
April 8th, 2014
Policy, Top News
Colorado’s crime rates have been falling after cannabis was legalized for recreational purposes on January 1, 2014. According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, the doomsday scenario that law enforcement officials predicted failed to occur and crime rates have actually fallen quite rapidly across the board.
Property crime fell 14.6%, homicides fell 66.7%, and robberies fell 7% in Denver, Colorado compared to year ago levels. While a two-month sample size is inconclusive, many advocates at least point to the fact that crime rates haven’t risen in response to cannabis legalization as one might expect.
Critics say that an accurate view of the impact of cannabis legalization won’t be available for at least three or four years at the earliest. Ironically, these sentiments differ from the warnings heard leading up to legalization where many of the same critics predicted a state of chaos in the Denver metro area.
Some marijuana dispensaries have been burglarized, but the number is hardly widespread compared to a separate report. Cannabis advocates believe that these burglaries are largely the result of federal foot-dragging in providing legal dispensaries with access to the banking sector – forcing them to keep cash.
Separate studies have come to similar conclusions when it comes to medical marijuana access. For instance, a new study from UT Dallas found that legalization of medical cannabis is not an indicator of increased crime.
“We’re cautious about saying, ‘Medical marijuana laws definitely reduce homicide.’ That’s not what we’re saying,” said Dr. Robert Morris, the study’s lead author. “The main finding is that we found no increase in crime rates resulting from medical marijuana legalization. In fact, we found some evidence of decreasing rates of some types of violent crimes, namely homicide and assault.”
In the end, time will continue to tell whether or not these rates are here to stay, but the early indications are definitely positive for cannabis legalization and society as a whole.
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