Do you assume legalizing pot will scale back crime in N.J.?


Six months after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, pot-related crime went down.

Unfortunately some things went up, like hospital visits involving patients with possible marijuana exposures.

But overall, many say the legalization of pot in Colorado was positive, especially when it came to the revenues it brought to the state.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has made it a priority to get recreational marijuana legalized in New Jersey within his first 100 days, and the Democratic-led legislature this week introduced a bill. 

Some argue that drug dealers will still exist after legalization because many who already buy marijuana won’t want to buy it legally if it means spending more money on the drugs that have been taxed by the state.

But if less people are dealing illegally, the state would, in theory, see less arrests for it. Though there would still be dealing of other illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin.

Do you think crime will go down if New Jersey legalizes marijuana?

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