A new study by researchers at the University of Bologna, Italy has added to the growing evidence that cannabis legalization is linked with decreases in violent crimes, contrary to the arguments of prohibitionists. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of the most notorious opponents of cannabis reform, has consistently associated marijuana with violent crime, and even recently threatened to ramp up federal prosecution of cannabis offenders — ostensibly to reduce such crimes.
An ever-increasing number of research studies have found, however, that there is no evidence to support Sessions’ claims, as legal weed is actually associated with decreases in violent crime. The latest of these studies, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior Organization, examined crime rates in several counties close to the Washington/Oregon border between 2010 and 2014. The researchers especially focused on the years of 2012 to 2014, where recreational marijuana was legal in Washington, but not yet legal in