The Implications of Marijuana Decriminalization and Legalization on Crime in the United States

  title={The Implications of Marijuana Decriminalization and Legalization on Crime in the United States},
  author={Shana L Maier and Suzanne M. Mannes and E. Koppenhofer},
  journal={Contemporary Drug Problems},
  pages={125 - 146}
Through 2014 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data for all 50 U.S. states, this research explores the relationship between decriminalization and recreational and medical marijuana legalization and crime rates and arrests for drug abuse violations. When comparing states that changed their marijuana laws between 2010 and 2014 to states without any change, results indicate that any decrease in crime rate was not dependent upon changes in laws. Results indicate that while the trend is for property and… 

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