If legalizing marijuana can only spur criminal activity, as critics believe, then why is the crime rate in Denver dropping?
Colorado’s road to legalizing medical marijuana began in June 2001, when voters approved a referendum delisting its use and possession as a crime. Roughly 13 years later, the capital of Denver opened its doors to the legal medical marijuana industry after passing Council Bill CB13-0570. Various amendments were subsequently made to the Denver Medical Marijuana Code.
Four months into the ordinance, crime in Denver has remained relatively static. The number of reported crimes has gone up and down for those months, according to state government data. In particular, based on Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) standards, homicide saw the greatest drop in crime rate at 42 percent compared with the first half of 2013.