Natural Consequences

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, September 07, 2018, 08:28 (132 days ago) @ HolyMole

Don't shoot! I'm just the messenger. Virtually everyone the CBC interviewed in Colorado.....man-in-the-street, law enforcement, politicians and those involved in the pot business.... all agreed that organized crime activity there has increased with legalization. Be nice if it wasn't so. Seems parallels with booze may not apply.

CBC interviews. Well now there's a real scientific method.

Here's what professionals say about the 5% statistical rise in crime since 2014 (a barely significant statistic):
"The Denver Police say the data is inconclusive.
"[Property crime is] the biggest driver of our [overall] crime, and of our increases. So, can you attribute that to marijuana? I don't think you can," said Denver Police Commander James Henning. "The data isn't there."

Thanks to the continuing stupid and counterproductive federal opposition to a sensible adult approach, pot dispensaries can only operate in cash, putting them and the people who handle their money, including buyers, at greater risk of being easy targets for criminals.

And thanks to the fact that the state was all by itself for years, of course it's going to attract all kind of folks, savory and unsavory, just like every other place that was a starting point for future enterprises from the US territorial land grabs to the gold rush to Hollywood to Las Vegas to Disney World to Silicon Valley. The sudden influx of new people anywhere, just like here in Zihuatanejo, always causes a rise in crime.

Cutting the main source of income to organized criminal enterprises is an essential first step to combating the crime and the violence associated with those criminal organizations. I'm surprised I even have to point this out to you, amigo. Someone's filled your head with some odd notions.

And look, Joe Kennedy went from bootlegger to ambassador and father of a president!


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