Colorado violent crime rate up 46% since legalzing MJ

Colorado violent crime rate up 46% since legalzing MJ

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    Colorado violent crime rate up 46% since legalzing MJ

    Colorado has become a more violent place since legalizing weed in 2013 according to FBI statistics. The data provides no information or analysis as to why this may be the case, my own opinion is that the MJ has attracted scumbags from across the country to Colorado. Our population has increased 11% since legalization.

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    Haven't you also had more restrictions on gun carrying?
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    I've been told legalized pot is expensive. Perhaps users have had to turn to lives of crime in order to maintain their previously illegal lifestyles.
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    Ah! Colorado has finally turned the curve upward enough to be in the mainstream of violence and mayhem in North America.

    It was getting a little boring living here with violent crime below national averages for so many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    Ah! Colorado has finally turned the curve upward enough to be in the mainstream of violence and mayhem in North America.

    It was getting a little boring living here with violent crime below national averages for so many years.
    Now, maybe y'all can get the homeless rate up and the defecating in the street rate up...let the real Cali influence take root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterGranny View Post
    Haven't you also had more restrictions on gun carrying?
    No real increased restrilctions for carrying. The state has enacted the brain-dead 15 round mag limit and the new red-flag laws go into effect Jan 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I've been told legalized pot is expensive. Perhaps users have had to turn to lives of crime in order to maintain their previously illegal lifestyles.
    I don't know but I've heard that black market weed is commonplace despite what the politicians claimed would happen once legalized. (What, they lied again?) I don't think we're going to be able to criminalize it again, the politicians are addicted to the tax revenue. I think the best I can hope for is that the rest of the states will legalize and a significant population of the scumbags will emigrate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    Ah! Colorado has finally turned the curve upward enough to be in the mainstream of violence and mayhem in North America.

    It was getting a little boring living here with violent crime below national averages for so many years.
    Yeah, ain't it great! I'm a bit puzzled by the auto theft statistics, we're well above the national average. Carjacking seems to be all the rage as well. I hear they perps are getting up to $1K per car.
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    I'm sure more than a few states are watching the long-term effects legalized pot has on states that allow it. Rising crime rates are not a positive direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I'm sure more than a few states are watching the long-term effects legalized pot has on states that allow it. Rising crime rates are not a positive direction.
    But what are they paying more attention to, the crime rate or the tax revenue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    Colorado has become a more violent place since legalizing weed in 2013 according to FBI statistics. The data provides no information or analysis as to why this may be the case, my own opinion is that the MJ has attracted scumbags from across the country to Colorado. Our population has increased 11% since legalization.

    https://crime-data-explorer.fr.cloud...colorado/crime

    I think your comment is exactly right. The legal MJ is a scumbag magnet. If there is another explanation for such a steep increase in crimeI would like to hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    But what are they paying more attention to, the crime rate or the tax revenue?
    Both probably. A 46% increase in violent crimes, if legitimately linked to lawful drugs, hardly gives credence to the push to legalize drugs.
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    With more states legalizing, hopefully that curve will level off or decrease, but I won't count on it.

    The number of individuals I see on the street who have pure contempt for society has increased dramatically since "legal weed".

    We are somewhat insulated by the location of the family property, but the people in town are knee deep in scum bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I've been told legalized pot is expensive. Perhaps users have had to turn to lives of crime in order to maintain their previously illegal lifestyles.
    Up here in Washington, legal pot is heavily taxed.
    There's no good reason to do that, except a need for more and more government income, or a feeling that there should be a "sin tax."
    The result is that illegal weed is much cheaper. So, where it's available, people tend to buy street grass. (Not on this island, BTW.)

    Economics 101 says that, given the choice, and given similar quality, people will always buy the cheaper product.
    Once it has been bought, it's probably difficult to discern whether a given stash is of the legal stuff or the illegal.
    So somehow the heavy taxation seems somewhat counter-productive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I've been told legalized pot is expensive. Perhaps users have had to turn to lives of crime in order to maintain their previously illegal lifestyles.
    Most of the people that are smoking weed in Colorado aren't buying the legal weed. There are also a bunch of people that are connected to the cartels that have moved into Colorado to grow weed here for export out of state

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