Alaska legalizes pot, crime explodes in Anchorage

In February of 2015, it became legal to grow and consume marijuana in Alaska.  And, as has happened in Denver and Seattle, crime immediately began to increase after being stable or declining in the pre-legal pot era. According to the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2015, the number of violent crimes in Anchorage (the only city reporting for Alaska) increased 34% compared to the same period in 2014.  Murders were up 167%, and aggravated assaults increased 32% versus the first six months of 2014. The increase in violent crimes that occurred at the same time pot was legalized is striking.  Between 2006 and 2014, the number of violent crimes was stable.  Once marijuana legalization took place in early 2015, the crime rate went up dramatically. Note that the extrapolated data for 2015 is likely to be a reasonable approximation (full 2015 data will be released by the FBI later this year), perhaps even an...(Read Full Post)