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Crime in Colorado: Before and After Marijuana Legalization

CRIME IN COLORADO: BEFORE AND AFTER MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION Legalized Marijuana in Colorado Approved as a constitutional amendment on November 6, 2012 NO YES THE VOTE THE LAW THE FIRST was split 55.32% in favor and retail stores opened on January 1, 2014 went into effect in July of 2013 44.68% against Aftermath of Legalization in Colorado INITIAL RESULTS In the first 6 months after legalization, Denver homicides dropped by over 60% BURGLARIES ROBBERIES Decreased by about 10% Decreased by 3% between 2013 and 2014 between 2013 and 2014 10% DECREASE 3% DECREASE 5,094 1,137 1,099 4,594 2013 2014 2013 2014 47% POSSESSION DECREASE Violations decreased by 47% between 2013 and 2014 667 in 2013 351 in 2014 TRAFFIC FATALITIES 449 3% decrease between 2013 and 2014 436 FIRST 11 FIRST 11 MONTHS MONTHS OF 2013 OF 2014 SAVINGS 84% decrease in medical marijuana arrests since 2010 9,011 arrested for possession in 2010 Roughly 1,464 arrested for possession in 2014 Each case costs about $300 to adjudicate The state is saving millions in costs solely on possession cases Provided by: MBS MASTRO, BARNES & STAZZONE P.C. www.MBSLAWCO.COM Sources: www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Colorado_Marijuana_Legalization_One_Year_Status_ Report.pdf www.thecannabist.co/2015/05/21/colorado-marijuana-crime-stats/29784/ www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/denver_marijuana_crime_louisia.html ballotpedia.org/Colorado_Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative,_Amendment_64_(2012) TRAFFIC FATALITIES BURGLARIES ROBBERIES

Crime in Colorado: Before and After Marijuana Legalization

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The state stands to save millions of dollars each year thanks to the legalization of marijuana! Take a look at this infographic to find out what kind of impact it has had on crime rates.

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