Norwegian study finds decriminalizing marijuana leads to lower crime rates

A 2015 report from the Norwegian School of Economics says it pretty plainly: Decriminalizing marijuana can lead to lower instances of crime.

Drug markets are well known for their violence. However, in the case of marijuana when the supply chain of the drug is legalized, or at least decriminalized, a lot of the violence disappears and the business of organized crime structures is hurt. In this light, the war on drugs seems counterproductive in the sense that it has little effect on the availability of marijuana, but large negative effects on violent crime related to the drug

Florida voters in 2016 approved an amendment to the state constitution that allows certain forms of medical marijuana.

Read: Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime (PDF) (via IFL Science)

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