Did Marijuana Legalization Really Increase Homicide Rates?

A few days ago, a New York Times op-ed by Alex Berenson, the author of the forthcoming book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, made a startling claim about marijuana legalization, a policy that, as he notes, “seems to be on an unstoppable march […] in the United States” in light of both national polling on the issue and the many recent, liberalizing changes to state pot laws:

[B]ecause marijuana can cause paranoia and psychosis, and those conditions are closely linked to violence[,] it appears to lead to an increase in violent crime. Before recreational legalization began in 2014, advocates promised that it would reduce violent crime. But the first four states to legalize — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington —

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