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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:39PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:39PM (#474044)

    Well you're correct in one sense, but it does have something to do with Clinton - she didn't really inspire anybody to go and vote for her out of those Americans who didn't want Klan-style leadership. In fact, many of them saw her as indirectly supporting the same kind of politics. Her campaign was just as prone to fallacy and hyperbole as was Trump's, it was just politically correct hyperboly and fallacy so it was political suicide for anyone but republicans to call her on it. I lost democrat friends even though I voted for Clinton, simply because I refused to shut off my critical thinking ability.

    The danger of ignorant voters extends beyond those who are actively ignorant.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:51PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:51PM (#474053)

    > Her campaign was just as prone to fallacy and hyperbole as was Trump's,

    If you believe they were equally distorted, then your view of reality is so completely distorted itself that your opinion is beyond unreliable.

    Comparing Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter []

    Furthermore, the single best predictor of voting for trump is an authoritarian personality. [] Even people who aren't normally authoritarian can be triggered to act like authoritarians when they feel under threat. Which is why Trump's entire campaign was about telling white people that black and brown people are a threat to them, either by lying about crime "mexicans are rapists" or more generally a threat to their culture "make america white again."

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 03 2017, @04:43AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 03 2017, @04:43AM (#474268)

      The bias there is hard core.

      Heck, one of the people they employ had actually run for office as a democrat. That should tell you something.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 04 2017, @06:01AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 04 2017, @06:01AM (#474785)

        Yes, facts do have a well-known liberal bias.
        That's why I prefer alt-facts, at least they are biased for conservatives. That's fair, fair and balanced.