NEW YORK (MainStreet) Once again the collapse of civilization has been averted. While opponents of the legalization of recreational marijuana sales predicted outright bedlam, the reality is quite the opposite: crime in Denver, Colorado is declining since the advent of retail pot.
January and February crime statistics in the city and county of Denver show violent crime -- including homicide, sexual assaults and robbery -- have declined by 2.4%, according to the Denver Police Department. In fact, robberies fell more than 7% during the period, while sexual assaults declined by more than 12%. Homicide fell more than 66%. Aggravated assaults were the only violent crime category to rise in the first two months of this year, gaining nearly 4%.