A U.S. study reported that medical marijuana legislation appeared to result in a drastic reduction in assault and murder rates.
The research, which was published in Plos One journal, analyzed state panel data to find any correlation between “type one” offences compiled by FBI and the state medical marijuana laws. Type one crimes include forcible rape, burglary, criminal homicide, arson, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, robbery and larceny theft.
“Some have argued medical marijuana legalisation poses a threat to public health and safety, perhaps also affecting crime rates,” reported the researchers.
So far, 20 U.S. states have passed legislation that allow the use of marijuana, while Washington and Colorado have decriminalized marijuana for recreational use, which means the researchers saw first-hand the repercussions of the laws, reported the Times Live.
All type one crimes plunged in every state that decriminalized medical marijuana, save for forcible rape. Moreover, the study also found that the rates of robbery, aggravated assault and homicide declined faster in states with medical marijuana legislation than in those where it is still prohibited.
The study suggested that the decline may be due to the fact that marijuana smokers are using the substance as opposed to drinking alcohol, which is blamed for most violent behaviours.
However, the researchers put a disclaimer that their research rested on unconditional averages, hence other contributors shouldn’t be discounted out, but they still insisted that “these laws do not appear to have any negative (such as increasing crime rates) impact on officially reported criminality during the years in which the laws are in effect, at least when it comes to the types of offending explored here.” To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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