Legal marijuana stores lead to increases in property crime: Crime hits nearby neighborhoods, not area around the outlets — ScienceDaily  POSSIBLE BULLSHIT ALERT

Posted: April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Legal marijuana shops are linked to higher levels of property crime in nearby areas, according to a nearly three-year study in Denver.

Source: Legal marijuana stores lead to increases in property crime: Crime hits nearby neighborhoods, not area around the outlets — ScienceDaily

 

This study does not make sense.  What could possibly be a causal factor here?  While people drink in bars; and alcohol lowers inhibitions, judgment, and increases violence; they may engage in more crime as they leave and head for home or other venues.  Marijuana does not increase violence and any lowering of judgment and inhibitions is minimal by comparison.  Further, people do not consume marijuana in the outlets, as they do alcohol in bars.  Instead, they usually go home and use the marijuana there.  Some, may have their tokes as they leave the outlets, but the usage pattern of the two are different.  People generally do not commit crimes to support either alcohol or marijuana, as they do with opiates or methamphetamine.

So, what could be the cause here?  Could zoning laws that limit marijuana outlets to industrial areas have something to do with it?  Possibly.  Could biased “researchers” attempting to imply addiction to be a driving factor?  Also possible, of not more so.

While I cannot pinpoint it, I smell a strong odor of BULLSHIT here, if only for the alleged correlation, when there should be none.  Anyone with any experience with marijuana would tell you that this makes no sense, and the marijuana is unlikely to be causal.  Could junkies and meth heads just happen to frequent areas near marijuana outlets?  Perhaps.  The odor of BULLSHIT is strong, but I cannot pinpoint the origin of it.

AuntieBS

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