After dire predictions about what would happen if marijuana were legalized, new data collected from the Colorado Department of Public Safety suggests that certain crime rates have fallen by large amounts. As RT reports:
Less than six months into the experiment that Colorado took up by legalizing marijuana, state officials have released new data indicating that crime has fallen across a number of demographics since January 1.
The Colorado Department of Public Safety released data through the end of February indicating that not only has the doomsday scenario that law enforcement officials predicted not come true, but crime has fallen by significant margins.
Compared to the same time period in 2013, overall property crime fell by 14.6 percent in Denver. Homicide rates, while not leaving the single digits in either year, fell by 66.7 percent while the number of robberies decreased by seven percent.
If legalizing marijuana doesn’t create a new crime hellscape out of cities, then opponents may have just lost their last talking point.