420 with CNW – Study Finds Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Reduced Crime in Neighboring States

For years, law enforcement and opponents of marijuana prohibition have argued that legalizing the controversial plant could lead to a surge in crime in neighborhoods hosting retail marijuana stores and spill over into neighboring states that still prohibit it. There have even been a few studies showing that this is indeed true, but according to researchers going through county-level crime data in municipalities neighboring two states which legalized marijuana, these studies may have been skewed. Ultimately, they found scant evidence that legalizing marijuana increased crime rates.

The research was conducted by Guangzhen Wu of the University of Utah, Francis D. Boateng of the University of Mississippi and Thomas Roney, an economic and statistical consultant based in Texas. The study, published in the Journal of Drug Issues looked at before and after crime data in Washington and Colorado, the first two states to pass adult-use cannabis laws in 2012, seeking to find out how neighboring states were affected after the passage….

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