Report: Decriminalization has Reduced Teen Crime, School Dropouts, Suicides and Drug Overdoses

A new report released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) has found that cannabis decriminalization in California has resulted newjerseyin a reduction in crime, drug overdoses, driving under the influence, suicides and school dropout among teenagers.

According to the report, there was a 22% reduction in school dropouts among teenagers two years after the state decriminalized cannabis possession in 2010. There was also a 20% reduction in drug overdose deaths, despite their being a 4% overall increase of these deaths in the U.S. during the same period, and an over 10% reduction in suicides. Criminal arrests among teenagers went down a total of 30% just two years after decriminalization.

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