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New Study: Marijuana Doesn't Turn You Into A Violent Criminal

Posted on  November 20, 2012 by  News Admin

 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is notorious for his staunch anti-marijuana crackdown in the city. Under Bloomberg's watch, more New Yorkers have been arrested for cannabis than under the previous three mayors combined. What's the problem? Well, according to Bloomberg and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the reason for arresting all those people for low-level marijuana offenses is to reduce violent crime in the city. Wait, what? The idea that marijuana turns people violent is a relic of 1930s Reefer Madness, right? Well, yeah. But a brand new study -- released Friday -- provides yet more evidence that the marijuana-violence connection is, as James King of the Village Voice puts it, "a load of crap." Human Rights Watch released the findings of its new study on whether defendants charged with marijuana possession go on to commit violent crimes -- which, of course, they do not. News flash! The study, "A Red Herring: Marijuana Arrestees Do Not Become Violent Felons," found there is no evidence to support the idea that locking up low-level marijuana offenders does absolutely anything at all to, as claimed by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Chief Kelly, "reduce violent crime." Data from the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services was used by HRW to track criminal records of almost 30,000 people who had no prior convictions when they were arrested for "marijuana possession in public view" in 2003 and 2004. (Marijuana has been decriminalized in New York since the 1970s, but NYPD cops routinely trick people into pulling out...