The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Violent Crime

A recent study in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE examined the effects of medical marijuana legalization (MML) on crime rates. The work has garnered some notable media attention. The authors of the study noted that their "findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime." Further investigation of this study is required. The study used data "between 1990 and 2006 [that] were obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program." As the authors note, "between 1990 and 2006, the following 11 states legalized marijuana for medical use, with the year the law was passed in parentheses: Alaska (1998), California (1996), Colorado (2000), Hawaii (2000), Maine (1999), Montana (2004), Nevada (2000), Oregon (1998), Rhode Island (2006), Vermont (2004), and Washington (1998)." One obvious question comes to...(Read Full Article)

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