New Study Adds to Evidence That Cannabis Legalization Reduces Violent Crime – News

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A new research study reports that violent crime has been decreasing significantly in canna-legal states that border Mexico, adding to a growing pool of evidence connecting legal cannabis with crime reduction. 12521/full” target=” blank”> recently published in The Economic Journal, reports that states on the Mexican border that have legalized medical marijuana saw their rates of violent crime fall by an average of 13%. “Whenever there is a medical marijuana law we observe that crime at the border decreases because suddenly there is a lot less smuggling and a lot less violence associated with that,” economist Evelina Gavrilova, lead author of the study,

Gavrilova and her fellow researchers looked at FBI crime data from 1994 to 2012 and examined whether or not crime rates fell after states enacted medical marijuana programs. The greatest reduction was seen in California, where violent crimes decreased by 15% over the time period being studied.

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