Chief Rick Smith of the Kansas City Police Department wrote in a blog on Wednesday that he believes that cannabis is responsible for his city’s higher than average murder rate. Kansas City, Missouri placed #26 on the list of U.S. cities with 100,000 or more residents with the highest murder rate, based on FBI data from 2015 to 2016, the most recent available.
To back his claim, Smith writes in his blog that 10 murders in the city this year have been directly motivated by marijuana, and include a fews details from a recent homicide.
“Most of these marijuana-related shootings start as robberies of marijuana or the money connected to it,” Smith wrote.
Smith attempts to head off arguments that legalizing cannabis would remove the criminal elements inherent in the illicit market by citing a report that shows that violent and property crimes increased in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington following the legalization of marijuana in those states.
Of course, correlation does not imply causation and Smith seems to acknowledge this fact.
“There is nothing to prove the rise in violent crime was caused by legalized recreational marijuana in the states that have experienced it,” he wrote.
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