Drug Unit Project

Drug Unit Project

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  • What is the effect on crime if Marijuana is legalized?
  • Legalization is expected to reduce the number of people involved in illegal activities related to marijuana production, distribution, and use
  • In Washington State, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2013, the number of low-level court filings for marijuana fell by 98% between 2012 and 2013. The number of adults (over 21) convicted for misdemeanor possession fell from 297 in January to 0 in January 2013—and has remained there since.
  • But not just in Washington did it show results...
  • In Colorado, the number of cases brought against people for cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana fell by 85% in the first full year of legal sales
  • As a result, it relieves the burden placed on courts, law enforcement and prisons, allowing for greater focus on violent crime. It also appears to have reduced use of marijuana by minors.
  • From this evidence, it is clear that, while legalization does not necessarily eliminate illegal production, distribution and sale of marijuana, it tends to diminish it dramatically.
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