Legal Cannabis Does not Improve Violent Crime.

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Berenson claims that cannabis-inspired psychosis leads to violent crime, saying, “The black tide of psychosis and the red tide of violence are increasing with each other on a green wave.” Now we know that proof from Washington and Colorado debunks Berenson’s argument in a large way. 

Regrettably, cannabis critics like Berenson bring back the racially motivated depression-era ideologies of Harry Anslinger, the initial commissioner of the United States Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

In a 1934 report to the League of Nations committee, Anslinger wrote that “fifty % of violent crimes committed in districts occupied by Mexicans, Turks, Filipinos, Greeks, Spaniards, Latin-Americans and Negroes may well be traced to the abuse of marihuana.” Anslinger goes on to quote a California police officer who stated cannabis “gives guys the lust to kill, unreasonably, with out motive—for the sheer sake of murder itself.”

Anslinger (amongst other folks) is accountable for cannabis prohibition and the stigma we are nevertheless fighting. He blamed cannabis for armed robbery, “degenerate sex acts,” the killing of police officers, and a case in which a young man murdered his household with an ax. The beliefs of Anslinger and his peers set the stage for decades of misinformation and stereotypes surrounding our favored plant. 

We’ve come a extended way from the rampant misinformation of the cannabis prohibition era, but if the comments of authors like Berenson are any indication, there’s perform to be completed. Luckily, information trumps assumptions and reports like these coming out of Washington State University, give us with a clear image of the impact of recreational cannabis legalization on American cities and states. 

And that image is constructive.

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