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Over the last couple of decades, marijuana consumption has been becoming more and more popular. Now, cannabis is at its highest rate of use while crime is at its lowest rate in over two decades. These two statistics have no relation, or at least, they should not have any relation. However, making note of these statistics is vital to interpreting the public’s position on the legalization of marijuana. Overall, most of the nation are beginning to find out that the legalization of marijuana has no effect on crime rates.

One main reason for this change of mind is that more and more people see that they come face to face with others who use marijuana all the time. It does not hurt the learning process that the crime rate has been dropping for the last twenty years. The transformations in public opinion about the legalization of pot is a very entertaining and vital topic, but that is not the subject of this article.

Rather, think about how the decline in crime affects how law enforcement considers marijuana law activism. There is an increasing movement among law enforcement professionals backing the marijuana issue reform and the legalization of pot altogether. Most of this leadership come from the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). The other side of the spectrum shows that in multiple areas, law officials are actively and openly against the legalization of any form of marijuana.

For instance, in 2010, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the National Sheriff’s Association, issued a statement against Proposition 19 to allow recreational marijuana in California. In the joint statement, they wrote that “the simple truth is that legalizing narcotics will not make life better for our citizens, ease the level of crime and violence in our communities nor reduce the threat faced by law enforcement officers. To suggest otherwise ignores reality.”


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