Medical marijuana legalization may lead to lower homicide rates, study finds

During the debate over regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, opponents frequently suggested that the presence of such shops would cause crime to rise. Numerous studies have debunked these predictions and a new University of Texas Dallas inquiry does, too -- but with a twist. Researchers note that crime rates related to some of the most serious offenses, including homicide, actually fell in states after medical marijuana was legalized, although they stop short of making a definitive causal connection.
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