Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Crime

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 7:28 am

States that adopted medical marijuana laws didn’t see an increase in crime according to a new study from the University of Texas Dallas. In fact, the study found legalizing medical marijuana might be correlated with a small reduction in homicides and assaults. The study looked at crime data from 11 medical marijuana states from 1990-2006 [...]

Closing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes More Crime in Surrounding Areas

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 9:44 am

A new study by the Rand Corporation, which is not known for being pro-marijuana, found that crime actually goes up significantly in surrounding areas when local medical marijuana dispensaries are forced to close. From the Rand study: As part of the case study, we use Los Angeles’s experience ordering the close of hundreds of dispensaries [...]

NPR’s Planet Money: Prohibition Makes Drug Dealers Richer, Increases Crime, Barely Reduces Use

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 12:56 pm

The NPR program Planet Money this week had a very interesting segment about the economics of illegal drugs in which they interview a former drug dealer. The best part of the segment is that it starts with an honest admission that the economic data clearly shows drug prohibitions have been a total failure. From the [...]

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