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Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rates by Stunning 20% in One Year

via Alternet
Marijuana — it’s one of the primary reasons why California experienced a stunning 20 percent drop in juvenile arrests in just one year, between 2010 and 2011, according to provocative new research.

The San Francisco-based Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice (CJCJ) recently released a policy briefing with an analysis of arrest data collected by the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center. The briefing, “California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low,” identifies a new state marijuana decriminalization law that applies to juveniles, not just adults, as the driving force behind the plummeting arrest totals.

After the new pot law went into effect in January 2011, simple marijuana possession arrests of California juveniles fell from 14,991 in 2010 to 5,831 in 2011, a 61 percent difference, the report by CJCJ senior research fellow Mike Males found...

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Imagine how much "crime"

Imagine how much "crime" could be eliminated by decriminalizing all illegal drugs, prostitution and gambling. Why, people would be having so much more fun, wars might actually look positively passé.

Well, Duh!

Well, Duh!

This is the reason

that I voted for this in Colorado. I don't smoke pot. I think its stupid to inhale smoke into your lungs. But I don't believe it should be a crime punishable by jail time and giving people a rap sheet for it.

My police officer friends agreed and many in law enforcement would much rather catch major criminals and focus on violent offenders. Traffic officers are often put in a situation of having to make an arrest for a marijuana charge when all they were trying to do is enforce traffic laws.

The people have spoken. Enough already. May more states see the light.

doesnt have to be smoked

*wink

What a concept!

But in California?!?!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

California is

is often surprisingly libertarian in certain issues. Not only on marijuana but on raw milk and homeschooling!

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The California I live in is

The California I live in is surprisingly fascistic.

Great News

This is great news indeed it just goes to show you how silly marijuana enforement is in the states. I truly feel for you guys down there; here up north If i get pulled over smoking a phatty or ripping a bong the cop will take it from me and let me be on my way, the prick will probably pull over somewhere and take a few tokes of my bud as well haha

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Wow!

Looks like Ron Paul was right? DUH

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