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  Crime Still Isn't Devouring Denver After Legal Pot
Posted by CN Staff on May 14, 2014 at 08:54:18 PT
By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post  
Source: Huffington Post 

cannabis Colorado -- Four months after recreational marijuana sales were legalized in Denver, crime still hasn't gone up, according to the city's latest data.

Overall violent crime in Denver for the four-month period that includes January to April fell 5.6 percent from the same period a year earlier. Crime is down in the four main categories of violent crime -- homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime dropped 11.4 percent from the first four months of 2013.

The crime data stands in stark contrast to statements made by law enforcers in 2012, before Amendment 64 legalized marijuana in Colorado for recreational sale and use. Multiple members of the state's law enforcement community warned legalization would bring bleak and "harmful" consequences. “Expect more crime, more kids using marijuana and pot for sale everywhere," Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said in a 2012 statement . "I think our entire state will pay the price."

Naturally, correlation does not imply causation with this crime data. And with only four months of legal sales on the books and only about half of all the states' dispensaries licensed to sell, it may be too early to identify trends. But evidence of a crime wave simply has not materialized since legal pot sales began Jan. 1.

What has soared is revenue from legal marijuana sales. Marijuana shops brought in nearly $19 million collectively in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February. Pot shops raked in $14 million during the first month of sales.

Nearly $13 million has been added to state coffers in tax and licensing fees from Colorado's recreational and medical marijuana markets -- $7.3 million of that from recreational marijuana.

Denver's crime statistics during the first four months of retail marijuana reflect findings from a recent report published in the peer-reviewed PLOS ONE journal showing that legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, and may reduce some violent crime, including homicide.

Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use. Colorado and Washington both legalized recreational marijuana, with Colorado's shops already selling and Washington's expected to begin later this year. About a dozen other states are considering legalizing marijuana in some form.

Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post
Published: May 13, 2014
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on May 14, 2014 at 16:15:40 PT
What the cops need and citizens need is

The cops UNIONS want jobs. JOB SECURITY. & they are self serving - So - they'll even come out and lobby to cage fellow humans for using what God created and says is good on page 1 of the Bible in order to receive GREEN GRAVEY.



***As stated in the Duluth News Tribune, yesterday.


I feel a correction is needed to the May 1 story, "Medical marijuana plan set to advance in Minnesota Legislature." It seems to me Gov. Mark Dayton's office is not simply working with "law enforcement organizations" regarding the legalization of the medical use of cannabis ( marijuana ). Dayton seems to be attempting to appease their unions, too. Law enforcement agencies nationwide stand to lose jobs and job security as more states move toward the various facets of the inevitable end of cannabis prohibition.

While a sane or moral argument to continue cannabis prohibition doesn't exist, a self-serving greedy argument does.

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 14, 2014 at 14:20:56 PT
I agree the Huffington Post is on our side.

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Comment #2 posted by Lucas on May 14, 2014 at 12:09:06 PT
I thought the article did a great job
Dude! Huffington is on our side :-) my read of the article was totally positive

not that it will stop the cops from continuing to spew reefer madness

what I dont get, is, why do Cops get to influence laws and politics.. arent they supposed to just enforce the law, not make it? Oh right, reality check.. dont expect fairness or logic from prohibitionists

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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 14, 2014 at 12:00:59 PT
still having trouble getting it right
Crime "still" hasn't gone up? The correct statement should be "Crime has gone DOWN since legalization".

Last time I checked, decreases of 5% and 11% mean that something has gone down?? I guess we're having a tough time forcing the words out?

All you have to do to gauge the propaganda level of an article is check for the word "cannabis". How many times is it used vs. other terms? This article doesn't use "cannabis" even once.

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