New York Police Commissioner has some ‘very doubtful’ claims about marijuana

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New York Police Commissioner Bratton in New York police HQ, 23 February 2016.

Police Commissioner of New York, Bill Bratton said in a local radio program
in order that marijuana is responsible for the “vast majority”
of violence in the city of New York, adding that he does “zero [his]
head “as to why states want to legalize marijuana.

“It is interesting that here in New York City, most of the violence
You see – violence in drug trafficking – marijuana involves ”
Bratton said. “Here in New York we see violence associated with
drugs, the vast majority of it, is about marijuana, which is ironic
taking into account the explosion in the use of heroin in the city now. “

“I have to scratch my head as we are seeing many states who want to legalize marijuana, or policy liberalization.”

You can hear the quote here, from about four minutes:

Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project said ThinkProgress
Bratton claims are “extremely doubtful” and would be highly dependent
how “the participation of marijuana” is defined.

“I think that this statement could only be true if only
account the mere presence of marijuana, “he said.” The mere presence of a
small amount of marijuana in a crime scene or in the person of someone
involved in a violent crime does not mean that marijuana was involved in
or the motivation for the crime. “

Given the extent of crime in New York, the setting “most” of it in
marijuana appeared to be a leap he said. Crime statistics – because of
the large number of factors involved, from socioeconomics to chance –
They are notoriously difficult to analyze. But one thing seems certain is
an increase or decrease can not often be put into a certain factor –
in particular, not marijuana.

Studies have repeatedly shown that marijuana does not correlate with violence.
In fact, alcohol, a legal commodity regulated, is significantly
likely to be involved in acts of violence and aggression.

Numerous scientific studies
They have also shown that marijuana is less addictive, and less
negative impacts on health. A study of 2014 University of Texas at
Austin also showed that legalization, although some medical
marijuana, could be correlated with a decrease in violent crime.

Even if the association base Bratton crime marijuana were
precise, instead of doing the head scratching, Fox says it should
be an argument in favor of legalization.

“The ban is the root cause of the vast majority of the violence associated with marijuana,” he told ThinkProgress.

“Most often I hear people making the statement as an argument
for reform of marijuana policy, and what it is legal and regulated
alcohol similar manner. When these companies or persons involved in the
market marijuana can bring their problems to a court of law instead of
deal with them on the street, it is obvious that they will choose
do it.

“It’s really strange, hearing people use violence associated
the criminal market as a reason not to regulate this market. That

This is not the first time Bratton has been linked to the crime marijuana. Latest
a claim that Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance said it was a leap of causality

“It seems that finding marijuana at the scene of a violent crime is
enough to claim a causal link Bratton. Using that reason, we
They can make other causal connections to violence – for example, if the police finds
cell phone at the scene of a violent crime, then certainly Cell
phone must cause crime, “Sayegh said in a statement.

Reforms in recent years have led to the decriminalization relative
of marijuana in the city of New York, although the drug – and sales of the same for
recreational use – remain illegal. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg she issued
an executive order that eliminates jail time for possession of low level
2013 years ago, and two Mayor de Blasio ordered a person
You have less than 25 grams receive an offense, it does not stop.

Depenalization, however, would have absolutely the same effect as
legalizing marijuana in the crime. While the country can save large amounts of money
in running costs, it still leaves marijuana use and sale in a gray,
not legally regulated area – which can lead to the kind of crime Bratton
He was presumably talking.

And despite this liberalization it had
more marijuana arrests during the first term of de Blasio that under
Bloomberg’s leadership in 2013-86 percent of whom were black or Latino.
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