Kush Chronic-les: Crime In Denver Colorado Down After First 6 Months Of “Loud” Legalization Despite Scare-Tactic Warnings

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Smokers are law-abiding citizens too…for the most part

Denver Crime Down After First Six Months Of Marijuana Legalization

Via HuffingtonPost

When Colorado legalized weed six months ago, opponents of the move warned that crime would rise. But half a year after the first sales of recreational marijuana began, the state’s biggest city has yet to see an increase in criminal activity.

During the first six months of 2014, violent crime in the city and county of Denver was down 3 percent from the same period in 2013, according to the most recent available data. Three of the four main categories of violent crime that are tracked in the data — homicide, sexual assault and robbery — are all down from the same six-month stretch last year. Aggravated assault, the fourth category, is up 2.2 percent.

Burglaries and robberies at the city’s dispensaries of medical and/or recreational marijuana are on track to hit a three-year low, according to a separate report from Denver’s Department of Safety, first reported by The Denver Post.

Overall, property crime in the city is down by more than 11 percent from the same six-month period of 2013.

Of course, Denver is just one city with legal weed. But as the first, albeit no longer only, large municipality in the U.S. with legal retail marijuana shops, Denver seems a worthy example. The state’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs, banned the retail shops in 2013 as did more than two dozen other cities. While Washington state has also legalized recreational weed, sales began just this month and only a handful of shops have opened there.

Correlation does not imply causation, regardless of which way the crime data move, and after just six months, it may be too early to identify any strong social trends. But evidence of a crime wave simply has not materialized — despite numerous dire warnings prior to legalization.

As ironic as it sounds, smoking drugs will have you feeling WAY too relaxed to be thinking about breaking the law.

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