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Headlines: Police Quarterly Study Shows Legalization Helps Cops Solve More Crimes

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Headlines: Police Quarterly Study Shows Legalization Helps Cops Solve More Crimes

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A new study published in the journal Police Quarterly indicates that marijuana legalization correlates to police solving more crimes. Police clearance rates—a figure that represents the number of crimes that resulted in an arrest divided by the total number of reported crimes—increased in both Colorado and Washington in the six years post-legalization. That includes violent crimes, property crimes, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. “[I]n the absence of other compelling explanations, the current evidence suggests that legalization produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit in clearance rates, benefits we believe are associated with the marijuana legalization proponents’ prediction that legalization would positively influence police performance,” the study’s conclusion reads.

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