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posted by on Thursday March 02 2017, @05:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the ideology-vs-scientific-analysis dept.

The Center for American Progress reports

On [February 27], days after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect stricter enforcement of federal pot law, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recycled discredited drug war talking points in remarks of his own.

"I believe it's an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we're seeing real violence around that", Sessions said. "Experts are telling me there's more violence around marijuana than one would think and there's big money involved."

In reality, violent crime rates tend to decrease where marijuana is legalized.

Denver saw a 2.2 percent drop in violent crime rates in the year after the first legal recreational cannabis sales in Colorado. Overall property crime dropped by 8.9 percent [PDF] in the same period there, according to figures from the Drug Policy Alliance. In Washington, violent crime rates dropped by 10 percent [PDF] from 2011 to 2014. Voters legalized recreational marijuana there in 2012.

Medical marijuana laws, which have a longer track record for academics than recreational pot legalization, are also associated with stable or falling violent crime rates. In one 2014 study of the 11 states that legalized medical pot from 1990 to 2006, there was no increase in the seven major categories of violent crime and "some evidence of decreasing rates of some types of violent crime, namely homicide and assault."

[...] Elsewhere in his remarks, Sessions unwittingly made the case against treating pot activity like serious crime. "You can't sue somebody for drug debt". he said. "The only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that."

Legalizing, regulating, and taxing the sale of marijuana is the surest way to remedying that exact tendency for pot commerce to trigger violent score-settling. Legalization invites pot business into the light, granting cannabusinesses at least partial access to official modes of recourse when they are defrauded.

8 states and the District of Columbia have legalised marijuana for recreational use.
Ever see anyone use cannabis and become more aggressive rather than more mellow?

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  • (Score: 2) by TheGratefulNet on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:16PM (1 child)

    by TheGratefulNet (659) on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:16PM (#474020)

    republicans are the ultimate buzz-kill.

    the thing they are trying to figure out is: which is better for 'them': the sweet sweet tax money from sales or the loss of imprisonment 'funds' that the punishment industry LOVES to have. they also are trying to figure out if a 'states rights' thing applies here or if they simply want to ignore their own ideas and double down on the derp (in the parlance of our times..).

    lets also state that they have NO PROBLEM with fights and rowdiness that always happens when enough people drink too much. the alcohol industry will keep paying off politicians to keep THEIR chemicals legal and available, but the pharm, prisons, cops and authoritarians will continue to fight the 'debil weed'. aftereall, so many white women were raped by negros, we can't have THAT happening! (rolls eyes)

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by bob_super on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:28PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:28PM (#474032)

    Easy if you think as an R politician: there is no centralized Pot industry, therefore no lobbying (in the "money is speech" sense), no money flow to specific interest groups, no kickbacks.

    Allowing and taxing tiny independent producers creates money for the states. It's a tax. Bad!
    Allowing giant conglomerates for tobacco and alcohol creates dividends and lobbying money. Good!