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Despite dire predictions, Denver crime falls over 10 percent in wake of pot legalization

Despite dire predictions by anti-marijuana activists, overall crime rates in the city of Denver are down more than five months after legal marijuana sales began in the Rocky Mountain state. According to the Denver Department of Public Safety, rates of violent crime are down, as well as burglaries, leading to…

Mellow mood at first Seattle Hempfest since pot legalization

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE (Reuters) – Pot smoke wafted over thousands of revelers gathered at Seattle’s downtown waterfront to kick off the first Hempfest rally since Washington state and Colorado passed initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use last November. The mellow mood among the revelers swaying to reggae music…

Turnout among young voters: 20 percent

Only about one in five people under the age of 30 voted in the mid-term elections Tuesday, says a study based on exit polls. The poor turnout among youth likely had some effect on the outcome of most races, but nowhere was this more dramatically highlighted than in the California…

Will weed be the ‘wedge issue’ that leads Dems to 2012 victory?

Facebook co-founder gives $50,000 to pot legalization effort With one eye on California’s marijuana legalization vote, Democratic strategists are sizing up the possibility of placing the issue on other state ballots as a way of helping them win tight races in 2012, reports the Wall Street Journal. Pollsters have noted…

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