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The Impact of Cannabis Legalisation on Crime:

A Comprehensive Analysis


The debate around cannabis legalisation often involves concerns about potential increases in crime rates. However, recent studies and data from countries like Canada and certain U.S. states challenge these assumptions. This article delves into multiple research findings to shed light on the relationship between cannabis legalisation and crime.


  1. Canadian Case Study: In Canada, the legalisation of cannabis has shown a remarkable decrease in police-reported cannabis-related offenses. According to a study published on ScienceDirect, both male and female cannabis-related offenses experienced significant reductions. Females witnessed a 62.1% decrease, while males saw a reduction of 53.0%.

  2. Crime Reduction in Legalised U.S. States: Forbes reports that violent crime in U.S. states with legalised cannabis has fallen by an average of 13%, particularly in terms of homicide rates. The study suggests that this drop may be attributed to cannabis users no longer relying on black-market products from Mexico.

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