Prince George’s County, MD – The top prosecutor for a DC area suburb, Angela Alsobrooks, is refusing to speak with the press after she made some outrageous and unfounded claims about how the state of Maryland has loosened its marijuana laws.
Alsobrooks recently told WAMU radio host Kojo Nnamdi that marijuana decriminalization was responsible for a spike in murders in Prince Georges County. During the interview, she explained that due to decriminalization, a turf war between the gangs has deepened, which doesn’t even make sense. She also said that due to fewer police searches, more people were getting away with carrying guns, and thus more murder, another claim that does not make any sense and was not backed up by any solid evidence.
“The decriminalization of marijuana has really driven the violence we have seen this year in Prince George’s, what we’re seeing is they’re fighting for turf. The marijuana dealers are fighting,” Alsobrooks said during the interview.
“We no longer have the ability to search individuals who have small amounts of marijuana. We’re also concerned were having individuals who also possess guns who are not searched and we are not able to search incident to arrests and to recovers guns. And so were going to have to find a new way to get some of the guns off the streets,” she added.
“I have seen too many lives destroyed by marijuana. I may as well go ahead and say it. I’m so concerned about what I see with young people who are using marijuana and who are in our courtrooms for violent offenses because they are selling it they are killing each other because of it, but they are also dropping out of school. It is a very big problem that we have to address as a community,” she said.
When questioned on her outrageous claims, Alsobrooks said that her ideas are “only theories that have not yet been proven by crime statistics.”
The Prince George’s County Police Department quickly issued a statement supporting the prosecutor’s statement and claiming that “the illegal drug trade” was responsible for homicide and other crimes.
“The Prince George’s County Police Department constantly analyzes crime trends. The illegal drug trade is a contributing factor to our homicide rate this year, as is retaliation and domestic violence among other factors. We will continue to strive to arrest those who choose to solve their problems with violence,” the police statement said.
The notion that the illegal drug trade increases crime is certainly true, but the department neglected to mention in their statement that this violence is only taking place because the drugs are illegal. If they were legal, the businesses surrounding them would be legal and they would operate peacefully in the light of day.
According to statistics recently released by the government in Denver, instances of robberies and violent crimes significantly decreased since marijuana legalization went into effect.
These statistics are especially convincing considering the short amount of time that this drastic reduction in crime has taken place. In just one short year, the number of homicides dropped by 52.9%. Sexual assaults were reduced by 13.6%. Robberies were down by 4.8% and assaults were down by 3.7%.
The statistics measured the first few months of the year for both 2013 and 2014 and then compared those numbers with one another to determine whether they were higher or lower after legalization went into effect.
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