New Study Finds Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Cause Crime Increase

One of the arguments that anti-marijuana advocates make is legalizing cannabis will lead to major increases in crime and the streets of American cities will be filled with corpses if we let people smoke joints. But a new study says that's all BS.

A new study conducted by researchers in New Zealand examined crime rates at both the national level and in states after they legalized medical marijuana. They found there was virtually no change in crime rates after a state legalized medical marijuana, which indicates that cannabis legalization and crime rates are most likely unrelated.

There was one exception to this. California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, and crime rates are down around 20 percent since then. Although considering that's over two decades time, there's likely several other factors that contributed to that decline other than marijuana.

It should be noted that the study focused solely on medical marijuana legalization,  and did not examine crime rates in states that legalized cannabis recreationally. But considering those states didn't see an increase of crime after legalizing it medicinally, they probably saw similar results after doing so recreationally. 

Of course, anti-marijuana advocates will probably find some bogus study to prove their point on or something, so this may not be too helpful for future discussions.

(h/t Phys)


For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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