Poster #117: Roarke Cullenbine – The Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Drug-related Crime: Evidence From Colorado, Oregon, and Washington

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Faculty mentor: Guangzhen Wu

The proposed research question goes as follows: Have states with recreational marijuana laws experienced a substantial increase or decrease in such drug-specific crimes as possession and sales of marijuana, heroin, synthetic narcotic, and other drugs? Preliminary data results show that more serious drug crime increases with the presence of the legalization in recreational states while lowering marijuana crime. More analysis is needed to provide a greater insight on the preliminary results.

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