Among the many reasons suggested by James Q Wilson for lower crime, the most interesting is that poor people have turned away from crack and cocaine in favor of marijuana. Marijuana makes people mellow, and mellow people don’t commit crimes. It follows that to reduce crime we should legalize marijuana. Poor people would get a mellow and high and not be mugging or stealing or fighting.
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No one in the MSM has mentioned that crime is falling despite the fact that the NAM population is increasing. However the black percentage is steady, it's the Hispanic percentage that has been dramatically increasing. This is evidence that Hispanics don't have the same criminal tendency as blacks.