Violent Crime Has Dropped In Border States With Legal Cannabis …

Mexican soldiers burn marijuana plants found amid a field of blue agave, the plant used for the production of tequila, in El Llano, Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco State, Mexico on September 27, 2012. (Credit: HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/GettyImages)

A new study suggests that legalized cannabis may already be reducing violence in states that border Mexico, where U.S.-bound drug trafficking has caused countless deaths and raised trillions for cartels.

Published this month in The Economic Journal, the study “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime” examined the crime rates of states along the Mexican border in relation to states’ decisions to legalize cannabis for production and consumption.

According to the study, violent crime in such states has fallen by an average of 13% since legal cannabis was put on the books, and at even higher rates regarding homicide. Researchers

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