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Impact of recreational marijuana legalization on crime: Evidence from Oregon

Key Findings: "Results provide some evidence demonstrating a crime-exacerbating effect of recreational marijuana legalization, as reflected by substantial increases in the rates of multiple types of serious crimes as measured by the [uniform data] Uniform Crime Report in Oregon relative to non-legalized states following legalization, including property and violent crime overall, as well as other crimes such as burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny, and aggravated assault." Research suggests that legalization may increase or maintain the size of illegal markets.


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