Monday, January 15, 2018

Legalization of pot has accomplished much of what the War on Drugs failed to do

Just as the ending of prohibition led to a massive decline in crime, black market bootlegging, and a stability of prices, so too has the legalizing of marijuana had the same effects.

And perhaps what is most ironic is that this has occurred after decades of the government's so-called 'War on Drugs' failed to accomplish even one of these measures.

The legalization of marijuana for medical uses has resulted in a significant drop in instances of violent crime in those US states that share a border with Mexico, according to new research. 
The new study, titled: Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime, shows that states on the Mexican border that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes have seen instances of violent crime drop by an average of 13 percent, according to The Guardian. 
Gavrilova, who, alongside fellow researchers Takuma Kamada and Floris Zoutman studied 1994-2012 data from FBI crime statistics and homicide records, found that a change in US drug laws created the most notable positive result in California, which showed a 15 percent drop in violent crime. 
The study has identified new ways to counter criminal violence related to those drugs that are still maintained as illegal by the federal government, even as US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done an about-face on the Obama-era policies that created the medical marijuana laws that have caused the drop in violence. – Sputnik News


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