Since the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in Colorado, other states have been closely monitoring the repercussions of the legalization to determine whether legalization, or at least a lowering of restrictions on use of marijuana, is safe to enact.
Colorado’s experiences seem to have encouraged lawmakers in Louisiana. Government data indicates that the number of homicides in Denver actually fell, by more than 60% in the first six months alone, since the legalization of marijuana in the state. Denver criminal defense lawyers have also found a drop in the rates of other crimes in Denver including the rates of sex crimes and kidnapping since the legalization. The data seems to indicate that there wasn’t a significant increase or decrease in the rate of aggravated assault. However, there was actually an increase in simple assault. Property crimes also dropped by about 9%, since the legalization went into effect.
Louisiana lawmakers are actually using that data to help persuade colleagues in their legislature who are opposed to marijuana reform legislation. The biggest concerns for Louisiana lawmakers who are opposed to marijuana legislation similar to the one enacted in Colorado, is that such legalization will result in an increase in violent crimes, like homicides. Colorado’s experience indicates that that is not the case.
Louisiana lawmakers have for the most part, avoided experimenting with marijuana legalization, and the legislature has shown that it isn’t ready yet for serious marijuana reform. This is in spite of the fact, that the state has some of the highest incarceration rates related to marijuana crimes. It also has some of the strongest penalties for marijuana-related drug offenses.
That state is now looking at Colorado, to learn how it can proceed with lowered restrictions on marijuana use, or even marijuana legalization, without having any impact on crime rates in the state.
Denver criminal defense lawyers have found one significant effect of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado-it has led to an increase in the number of offenses related to disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct. These incidents actually increased significantly by more than 200%, after the legalization of marijuana.