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Study Shows That Marijuana The Cause Of Decline In Youth Crime. Kinda.

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Photo by Roberto Schmidt//Getty Images

 

Where have all the bad kids gone? These days it’s all about adult hoarders covered in dead cats and adult’s eating faces while on balt salts. Sure, we have little creeps like 12-year-old Steven Fernandez who made a totally provocative video about getting girls, but according to a study California has had a 20 percent decrease in juvenile crime–the lowest since 1954.

So, why do they think kids are less likely to become rebels? The sedative calm of marijuana is most likely the culprit (or savior?) reports the Huffington Post.

A study called  “California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low” analyzed juveniles under the age of 18 who were arrested in California over the last 80 years and the study showed that changing marijuana possession to an infraction rather than a misdemeanor significantly dropped crime rates.

So, it’s not really that the “crimes” have changed, it’s that we’ve reevaluated our definition of crime. Hey, don’t bogart that joint.

Sacramento County Chief Probation Officer Don Meyer told Rosemont Patch, “We haven’t seen this low of a number since 1970. We now get an average of seven [juveniles] a day, and that’s come down from 20 a day.”


–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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