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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, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @06:37PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 02 2017, @06:37PM (#473987)

    > Weren't Republicans all about perjury? Up until yesterday, at least...

    He wasn't the first of Trump's cabinet to lie under oath during confirmation.
    If anything, it seems to be something they all did.

    Trump Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lied to the Senate [theintercept.com]

    Mnuchin Lied About His Bank’s History of Robo-Signing Foreclosure Documents [theintercept.com]

    Trump EPA pick Scott Pruitt may have made a false statement under oath to the Senate [businessinsider.com]

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  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday March 02 2017, @06:42PM (1 child)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday March 02 2017, @06:42PM (#473991) Journal

    Hypocritical Perjurer Jeff Sessions said this about Bill Clinton:

    It has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that President William Jefferson Clinton perjured himself before a federal grand jury and has persisted in a continuous pattern of lying and obstructing justice. The chief law enforcement officer of the land, whose oath of office calls on him to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, crossed the line and failed to defend and protect the law and, in fact, attacked the law and the rights of a fellow citizen. Under our Constitution, equal justice requires that he forfeit his office. For these reasons, I felt compelled to vote to convict and remove the President from office. ...

    It is crucial to our system of justice that we demand the truth. I fear that an acquittal of this president will weaken the legal system by providing an option for those who consider being less than truthful in court. Whereas the handling of the case against President Nixon clearly strengthened the nation's respect for law, justice and truth, the Clinton impeachment may unfortunately have the opposite result.

    • (Score: 2) by Zz9zZ on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:09PM

      by Zz9zZ (1348) on Thursday March 02 2017, @07:09PM (#474013)

      Well he called it! "The perjury isn't my fault, someone gave me that idea! They gave it to me, I didn't know it was the illegal type of perjury."

      --
      ~Tilting at windmills~