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Mexican Cartels Violently Beat and Kill Female Mayor

Mary2264 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 11:56 AM
If you want to see the implications on a larger scale you'll regret it. Look at Los Angeles, since legalization around marijuana clubs, assaults up by 53%, robberies from cars up by 151%! Don't be so foolish.
nawlins72 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:22 PM
No, I want to make a policy based on sound reasoning and empirical evidence. Prohibition makes a great case study.
O'Pinyon Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:20 PM
Ten days. Do you want to make policy based on this?
nawlins72 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:17 PM
Yet the Rand study claims otherwise:
“Contrary to conventional wisdom, press accounts, and some statements by law enforcement, our analysis suggests that the closing of the medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with an increase—rather than the expected decrease—in local crime in a short-term ten-day period. Overall crime increased almost 60 percent in the blocks surrounding closed clinics in the ten days following their closing.”

As our focus continues to be on the violence in the Middle East, it is also important to pay attention to what is going on just south of our own border in Mexico. The war between the Mexican government and drug cartels is still raging with the war's latest victim being female Mayor Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who was beaten, burned, tortured and dumped for dead on the side of the road. Before being killed, Gorrostieta had been attacked twice by cartels for daring to challenge them. The third attack they waged on her, was her last.