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Mon Jun 9, 2014, 11:34 AM

Denver Crime Has Fallen More Than 10% Since Weed Became Legal

Despite dire predictions by anti-marijuana activists, overall crime rates in the city of Denver are down more than five months after legal marijuana sales began in the Rocky Mountain state.

According to the Denver Department of Public Safety, rates of violent crime are down, as well as burglaries, leading to an overall decrease in crime of 10.6 percent.

The city measured the number of reported crimes from January 1st to April 30th of 2014 and compared them to the same period last year, prior to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use.

The number of murders, sexual assaults, violent robberies and other assaults fell by 5.6 percent. The most dramatic decrease was in the number of homicides. In 2013, from January to the end of April, the city lost 17 people to murder. In the same period in 2014, only 8 died, a drop of more than 50 percent.

http://www.businessinsider.com/denver-crime-falls-2014-6

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Duke Lacrosse Jun 2014 #4
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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 11:35 AM

1. But there was an increase in shoplifting of Cheetos and Funyuns.

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Response to Dem David (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 11:42 AM

2. Yes, that probably accounts for the petty larceny!

Rates of arson and petty larceny each rose, but all other forms of crime were down.

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Response to Dem David (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 12:55 PM

3. Don't forget Doritos.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 01:52 PM

4. If the state simply legalizes everything the crime rate will go to zero

Bring it.

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Response to Duke Lacrosse (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 02:09 PM

5. It wasn't a drop in marijuana possession offenses that caused the crime rate to go down.

Other types of crime unrelated to marijuana offenses went down.

But yes, it takes a lot of robbery, burglary, prostitution, etc. to get enough money to feed a drug habit. Which is why all drugs except those that cause the user to become aggressive and violent should be available at cost at the local drugstore.

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