If cannabis were legalized would the crime rates in the US increase?
- It has not been conclusively proven either way whether the legalization of cannabis would increase or decrease crime rates in the US; the debate goes on, with different people putting forward different theories. There is a possibility that crimes related to fund the habit would increase, but it is not likely; people who use the drug are likely to do so regardless of the law, as we see in society today.
If cannabis were legalized, those who would use it more regularly would probably be the type who would use it more socially and less often, paying for it with money earned from work, rather than from crime. The logic behind this is that the current users, the ones breaking the law, are the more regular users who can only afford to fund the habit by committing crimes. This would mean that crime rates would remain more or less the same.
However, you also need to consider that everyone smoking marijuana would no longer be breaking the law when they used it, so crime rates here would go down. The overall effect of this would probably be a reduced crime rate.
Further research would be required by experts before a government decision on the subject, but the outlook does look positive in terms of crime rates. Another factor to consider is that there may be knock-on effects to the legalization of cannabis: Some people claim it can lead to the use of stronger substances, but the evidence goes against this. If those people who started using cannabis went on to using stronger drugs, then the crime rate could be affected adversely, with people commiting crimes to fund addictions to heroin, cocaine or other drugs. It very much depends on the scale of the knock-on effects. Although unlikely (research HAS proven that cannabis usually doesn't lead on to harder drugs) they could possibly occur.
My conclusion, therefore, is that the result of legalizing cannabis would most likely lead to a reduction in US crime rates, but not definitely.
- Adding to what the previous respondent said in the last paragraph, this is recognized by many political parties across the world, usually those that are left of center, which have the legalization of cannabis and other substances written into their manifesto. In some countries, there are parties solely aimed at achieving this; the best example is the Legalise Cannabis Alliance in the U.K. In some countries whose government stance is more liberal in this area, it is already legal, e.g., Belgium and Russia.
As far as violent crime goes, the statistics are inconclusive as to whether legalization would result in a reduction. In Belgium, where the drug is legal, the most recent study of homicides per 100,000 people showed a low rate, just 1.50. Then again, in Russia, where the drug is also legal, the most recent study revealed a 16.5/100,000 homicide rate -- a definite correlation can not be seen between legalized cannabis and reduced murder rates. In places where the drug is illegal the same thing is true; no pattern seems to exist.
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Would the legalization of same-sex marriage raise income tax rates or increase the amount of government entitlement spending?
No. It hasn't done either of these on the state level in states where it has been legalized. Although many same-sex married couples will pay less federal income tax when the federal government begins to recognize same-sex marriage, the reduction in tax revenue is not large enough to create a need …to increase the tax rate for everyone to compensate for it. . As for entitlement programs, marriage in general does not generally increase government spending in that area. Many entitlement programs have eligibility criteria that will actually eliminate more gay people when their marriages are recognized on the federal level and their spouses' income will be counted when determining eligibility. Benefits for married couples are not greater, and in fact are sometimes less, then the benefit for the same two people when they are considered as single individuals. . (MORE)
Answers: The safest countries for using cannabis include: Australia because in Queensland, Tasmania, and Victoria you can have up to 50 grams and only receive a ticket; Bagladesh because its legal; India, because its legal; Pakistan because its legal; Macedonia because its safe for small amounts, an…d people with large amount will not get in much trouble, the cops will probably confiscate it and go smoke it themselves; Netherlands, obviously the country most famous for cannabis use. Many other countries, such as Germany, Venezuela and Peru, have decriminalised it as well. (MORE)
Netherlands (holland) -Germany -Switzerland -Italy -Cambodia -Peru -India -Bangladesh -Russia -Iran -Argentina -brazil -Ontario (Canada) There's probably more, these are the only ones I can think of PS: alot of countries banned it but still tolerate it/never enforce it
Cannabis laws have changed recently, and it has been reclassified. It is now a Class B drug so it remains illegal to sell, possess, or allow the use of cannabis in your own home, but the police can deal with it, at their discretion, with a caution. In addition, especially if you've been taking it fo…r a while now, you might want to find out more about the effects and risks of taking cannabis. Cannabis comes in different forms and is taken different ways and each of these can lead to a range in intensity of effects and risks. If you would like to have a chat with someone about legal issues and how to keep safe with your cannabis use you can call Frank on 0800 776600. There are also local services you can visit if you'd like to talk to someone face-to-face. These services are free and confidential and can give you advice and information about keeping safe. yes in some places like jamacia but not in usa,cannada,nz,usa,usa. ppoooootttt iz gooooooooooooooooodddddddddd wel it make u feel good lololol (MORE)
the economic factors, poverty. the family structure, substances abuse, social environment, increasing rate of employment, domestic violent cause of increasing unemployment high ambition want to achieve luxuries life and technology advancements
of crimes (11,877,000) divided by population (311,000,000) = .038 the crime rate is 4% which is actually remarkably low compared to other countries. I know the UK has 10% which is higher.
The crime rate is numbers, percentages, and averages. Crime is theactual instances of criminal activity. Crime rate is the biggerpicture.
The real reasons for crime, as I pointed out, are philosophical. There are three areas of North American philosophy which contribute to crime. The first is the worship of freedom at all cost, the celebration of disrespect and the encouragement of rootlessness. A part of this worship of freedom is th…e encouragement of rootlessness. In most of North America we no longer have connections to a place and its people. People and places are as interchangeable as parts in a modern machine. And so we have produced a society that has about as much heart and soul as a modern machine. The usual constraints and support of friends, neighbours and relatives is eroding away to almost nothing in some areas. There is a direct correlation between higher crime rate and higher rootlessness the world over. The second is the destruction of meaningful work in order to have higher profits and greater efficiency. And the third is the transformation of our young people into market targets whose main role in society is to be self-indulgent consumers. These are all part of the great American way of life in the last half of the 20th century. They have been the engine that has lifted our continent to spectacular levels of materialism. There is, however, a price to pay and that price is also soaring to spectacular levels. The U.S. prison population doubled between 1980 and 1990 and the psychological and spiritual price tag is even higher. We can expect an increasingly expensive and dreadful future if we do not address the real philosophical roots of this malaise. Our family lived for a year near a village in Bavaria. I enjoyed exploring the countryside on foot or on my mountain bike along paths through farm, village and forest. All of my ramblings were on private land and yet I never saw a "no trespassing" or "private - keep out" sign, nor did I see a fence to keep people out. There was no vandalism and virtually no littering. The philosophy of the countryside and society could be summed up by the word "respect" . respect for the landscape, respect for grandparents and traditions, respect for grandchildren and the future and respect for the family. During our stay in Germany, Vice-President Quayle was lamenting the decline of "family values". It seemed ironical that America was world champion at destroying family values for philosophical reasons which would have never occurred to him. Even in the "primitive" eastern Nigerian villages where I taught from 1963-65, respect was the dominant philosophy for village, landscape, family, extended family, elders and children. They were poor farmers. The Germans were rich farmers yet they were both respectful and almost crime free. Then it occurred to me that North America, particularly the United States is founded on disrespect. Disrespect has been the intellectually good attitude from George Washington, Paul Revere through to the cowboys and Rambo. Most current American heroes are rebels and iconoclasts making monkeys of the establishment. Disrespect is admirable and liberating. Of course, this is a good thing within reason compared to submission to authoritarian despotism. However like most things in life it is a double-edged sword. When is enough enough and too much too much? If a pinch of salt improves the soup, does that mean a pound is better? My point is that the worship of freedom and disrespect in an extreme way may be part of the cause of our malaise. Perhaps a more important factor is the destruction of meaningful work. If there were meaningful, decent-paying jobs within walking distance or a short public transportation ride for the lower income and poor people of our inner cities, crime would drop dramatically. The young males of all races would have hopeful and challenging options to replace drug dealing and drive-by shootings. Hand-outs will not help. Job opportunities will produce dignity and self-respect and cut crime to negligible levels. This will not be easy to accomplish in our laissez-faire, buccaneering, capitalist system. Socialism would be just as bad or worse. We need to start talking about American capitalism and real jobs. (MORE)
Yes, legalization would cause the crime rate to plummet as well as put the control into the hands of the state, take it out of the hands of drug cartels.
No, Cannabis in itself cannot directly cause crime. Criminals cause crime, whether they use cannabis or not. I do not believe nor have I ever witnessed evidence that even the effects of cannabis use can encourage someone under the influence to commit crime. In fact quite the opposite. Cannabis is r…enowned for making people want to sit and do nothing at all. Let alone be bothered to go out and commit crime! There have been circumstances that PSYCHOLOGICAL addiction to cannabis could spur someone to commit crime in order to fund their addiction. But then this addiction is simply a psychological addiction. Any physical side effects felt from withdrawal, are simply pseudo, created by the concious mind and not in any way similar to substances such as nicotine, heroine or even long term alcohol use. The best way psychological addiction can be described is. "You only become psychologically addicted, to something you WANT to be psychologically addicted to." Due to the law in most countries using cannabis in itself is a crime. So if there were no cannabis the crime of cannabis use could not be commited. And once again on the other hand if there were no law against cannabis use, then that argument would be negligent. A large majority of money from illegal cannabis sales goes towards organised crime, so once again we've found another side to the dice. But yet another second glance shows that if cannabis wern't illegal it would be readily available, effectively ending a large portion of organised crimes funding. And so once again we see that every side to the dice, has an opposite face if you just take the time to turn it upside down. (MORE)
It should lower crime rate but with it being illegl gangs grow it so yea. only coz of the war on drugs :(
Yes, but it will take a lot of work on the part of activists and concerned citizens. The matrix of greed, disinformation, corporate and power interests, lack of media attention, harsh penalties for use and distribution, and fear on the part of the general user to speak up, keep this failed prohibiti…on in place. The best way for those of us who wish to see the laws changed is to support organizations like Americans for Safe Access, Patients Out of Time, LEAP (law enforcement against prohibition) MPP, (marijuana policy project, NORML (national organization for the reform of marijuana laws) by getting on their mailing list for action alerts, and donating time and money. If we can get the Federal laws changed, this would open the way for more research to be done on the incredible medicinal potential of cannabis. As far back as 1974 cannabis was shown to shrink tumors, and kill cancer cells. Many researchers want to study the healing qualities of cannabis, but are denied access to cannabis for the studies, by the US Govt. monopoly on legal supply. As you may have heard, in spite of the rhetoric to the contrary, the United States Government knows full well the medicinal benefits of cannabis, and in 2003 a patent (#6,630,507), based on studies done at the National Inst. of Health, was awarded, not by, but TO the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. This patent states, unequivocally, that cannabinoids are useful in the PREVENTION and TREATMENT of a wide variety of diseases, including stroke, trauma, auto-immune disorders, HIV dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. If everyone who was interested in ending cannabis prohibition, downloaded, printed and sent a copy of the first page of this patent to their respective elected representatives, the mere volume of evidence and public pressure would bring about change. These guys do want to get re-elected, after all. And when they perceive that the public is truly ready to end criminalization of cannabis, then it will become legal again. By, the way, about 70% of the US population supports decriminalization. Eventually the politicians will catch up. (MORE)
Increasing the heat of the object in question will increase the rate of diffusion. You can also stir the substance (this, like heating, increases the speed of the particle movement).
-Netherlands (holland) -Germany -Switzerland -Italy -Cambodia -Peru -India -Bangladesh -Russia -Iran -Argentina -brazil -Ontario (Canada) There's probably more, these are the only ones I can think of PS: alot of countries banned it but still tolerate it/never enforce it
In Ukriane weed is illegal, but most of the time people who get busted smoking it get away by giving the money to the police. I hear a story from my friend that a group of teens got away with it by paying 1000 grivn each
Cannabis is already illegal. Making cannabis illegal increases crime rates because every time someone lights a joint, they commit a crime.
Crime rate is increased by lack of education , poverty and sometimes people are left with no option other than commiting crime. They are actually decreasing. Yes, they do alternate up and down over the years but overall they are declining.
yes, according to Time Square News Rap music causes the crime rate to increase because the youth is easily influenced
Cannabis has been reclassified to Class B, the same as amphetamines. 5 years for possession, 14 for supply of manufacture, and/or an unlimited fine in both cases.
Reason of growing crime rate everywhere mainly is because of economy. It effects people's main source of salary. In a situation where money is harder to acquire, everyone starts to find ways to get it, the easiest way is by committing crimes. As bad economy continues, more crime rate surely will gro…w. In addition, another reason that crime is increasing is that the police forces don't know how to handle the situation correctly. It may be from the lack of management skill by the government or somehow an impossible task was given, such as the government order polices to reduce crime rate to zero percent in a very high density area. Therefore, the first priority for the governments is to try to strengthen their economy, in order to make people's life easier. They should try to use their available resources in the right tasks. Learning from the history is one of a great option. However, increasing of police force in both numbers and efficiency should be done together along with government own objectives. Imagine a strong economic city without any police force patrolling them. With the right decision from the governments, and the tasks that handle correctly, along with better economic. It is surely that increasing of crimes in every cities will stop, along with better everyday life for everyone. (MORE)
Britain has a higher crime rate than the US. About 60 Britains could fit in the US, and the US has about 5 timesa higher population than Britain so of course the crimes would be ahigher number, but when you put it too even weighings, Britainwould have a higher crime rate. Britain is 11% crime rate …of overall population (about 60,000,000) and America is 4% crime rate ofover all population. (311,000,000) (MORE)
women started tog et more involved with society and tht caused more chances to crmie. Before judges tend to be easier on female.
poverty is causing the crime rate to go up. We try to fight crime and violence when poverty is the main influence. it is all the governments plan check out educate-yourself.org
Crime rates fluctuate, it rises and falls. When it rises the media report it. When it falls no one seems to notice.. There is research to suggest that the crime rate relates to the percentage of the population that are males in their late teens and their twenties. http://www.albany.edu/hindelang/…projects.html. This percentage will fluctuate. It tends to go down immediatley after wars.. Quality preschooling has also been suggested as a preventative measure because it socialises males from an early age.. (MORE)
Holland and other countries think that it does no harm so there is no point making it illegal
Yes. If you walk into a coffe shop in Amsterdam you'll likely be asked what kind of weed you would like with your coffee.
It is unlikely that it would. Cannabis has been decriminalised in both the Netherlands and in Portugal, and there are fewer Dutch and Portuguese cannabis smokers than there are British and American cocaine users (proportionally with respect to total population).
It's relatively harmless; the legal consequences are more severe than the health consequences; I believe it should be legalized. Maybe it'll get some people off the booze which is way more toxic; I mean no one's ever died of marijuana poisoning while people die from alcohol poisoning all the time--… (MORE)
1. "Technological changes are induced by economic factors, but they are not only economic, but also social consequences". Discuss the above in detail, giving suitable examples. lake of money.
Because cannabis has many benefits both medicinally and industrially, but the government will not accept science that states this and decided to schedule it as a schedule 1 drug, meaning no medicinal value. 13 states so far have decided that it does have some medical value and allow it to qualified …patients. Obama has announced that we will not be using federal resources to circumvent state laws. (MORE)
Unfortunately, a lot of people actually believe all those urban legends about kids being poisoned, kidnapped, or killed by razor blades on Halloween. In reality, the overwhelming majority of these stories are completely untrue, and the few are true are greatly exagerated and/or changed from what rea…lly happened. The crime rate, including the kidnapping rate, does NOT increase at Halloween. But people are becomming more and more paranoid, mainly because of groups who want to scare people into giving up their freedoms in a bid for increased political power. Their tactics are working, and the demographic that is suffering the most from the results is the children. (MORE)
Yep. Inform the Gendarmarie just prior to harvest and they willhelp you crop out and will take it away for proper curing andstorage ;)
It should never be legalised ! Driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as being drunk at the wheel !
of crimes divided by population. (the crime rate is 4% of the population, 11,877,000)
Those are the reigons of the cannabis zone 1. Norfolk, United Kingdom 2. Luxembourg (maximum 200 g solid or 250 ml liquid) 3. The Netherlands 4. Poland 5. Greece (maximum 1 kg solid or 2 l liquid) 6. Ethiopia 7. Eritreia (maximum 20 g solid, liquid is illegal) 8. Rwanda 9. Burundi 10. Namibia (sol…id is illegal, maximum 1 l liquid) 11. Iran 12. Aceh, Indonesia (maximum 40 g solid) 13. Papua New Guinea 14. New Zealand 15. California, USA (cannabis is illegal, maximum 2 l of liquid marijuana, ecstasy is illegal) 16. Nicaragua 17. Paraguay 18. Argentina, alongside with cocaine One day, cannabis will be egalized in Suffolk (United Kingdom) Hisorically, it used to be legal in Bali (Indonesia) until 2008 (MORE)
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As soon as it is brought to a vote by the People of the US. California, and several other states are putting some form of decriminalization measures to the People, on their state ballots THIS YEAR (2010).
A decrease in crime rate will decrease GDP. This is because areas of high crime require a higher police presence, available medical help, and people living in those areas will spend money to stay safe. People spend money on locks and security systems and many other items that they feel will keep the…m safe. (MORE)
There are different factors that have a direct or indirect influence on crime rates of any given place. Economics plays a large part in crime rates and particular crimes such as burglery, robberies, homicides, and drug related crimes. Inner city neighborhoods have more and different crimes than are …committed in rural settings or small towns. Other factors relating to increased crime is civil servant cutbacks, which of course is economic-related also. With budget cuts and layoffs of police personnel, it can have an effect on crime rates. (MORE)
It's currently illegal, so yes. This question has been debated by an untold number of people. I believe that it's legalization would require limitations just as alcohol does. That being said, look at the history of alcohol and crime. It was illegal during the 1930's, which propagated the crimina…l sales market. Once legalized, it created a host of other problems within the household. The main problem that I can see with marijuana, is that it can be inhaled by any person passing by or by the children inside the home. (MORE)
Crime rate in Nepal is nothing in comparison to US. We can't sayNepal has no crime at all but still it's very less if we compare itwith the US. Most of the crime happens with politicalmotivation.Most of the gang leaders were supported by the politicalparties, so they don't hesitate to commit crime a…s they always havea political backup to avoid the prison sentence. Nepal police lacks political and community support to deal withthis kind of culprits but still they comes heavily if the situationarises. You can ask any tourists who have visited Nepal they will say thecountry is safe and people are super friendly. (MORE)
It appears to be already legal as you can buy a similar product in most cigarette shops for $25/gram, which apparently has a similar affect, but is not detectable as a form of drug by Police testing equipment..... so why bother with 'is it better to legalise or not' as they will keep using one way o…r another. They made gun ownership illegal under most circumstances, but there is no evidence to prove that the gun related deaths have fallen.... (MORE)
There is no direct correlation. Those who will commit crimes, will do so whether employed or not. Those who will not, are not inclined to commit crimes regardless of their employment situation. While some people may reach a level of desperation that can cause them to compromise their morals, most pe…ople will exhaust every other avenue before they violate the law. (MORE)
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Not all would, but a little amount will be peer pressured into the use of cannabis by friends who have already taken the substance
depends where your talking about in the u.s its legal in some states for medical purposes only
there are many good medical and civil things that can come out of legalization but also some bad ones like every american becoming pot heads so its all how you yourself personaly look at i belive it should be
Yes. For example; during hurricane sandy the power went out. Because the power was out there were no cameras or security systems. Many stores and homes were robbed until the power was back on.
Disturbances in society are sometimes seen as positive, as theymandate society to come up with better solutions, which ultimatelyencourages progress.
it is because of children who are neglected they do not have nothing but to commit crime