Legal Pot Is Linked to Less Crime

Marijuana on display at a dispensary in Los Angeles, California.

Marijuana on display at a dispensary in Los Angeles, California.

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Drugs and crime: The two phenomena have been linked for so long that many assume one inevitably leads to the other. Attorney General Jeff Sessions insists legalizing marijuana can inspire violent activity, while some in Colorado have linked legal pot to that state’s increase in crime.

Fear-mongering? New research suggests as much. It provides evidence that legalizing cannabis in the state of Washington led to a significant decrease in criminal activity.

America is debating “the costs and benefits of a legal drug market,” writes a University of Bologna research team led by economist Davide Dragone.

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