Medical marijuana is certainly a contentious and controversial subject, and there’s no shortage of strong opinions on either side of the argument as to whether or not it should be legal. However, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey recently claimed the substance could be tied to murder and robbery.
The Denver Post reports:
“Before Denver City Council's decision Monday to ask voters to approve a 5 percent sales tax for marijuana, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey held the floor and presented a startling statistic about the pot industry.”
"We have had 12 homicides related directly to medical marijuana," Morrissey said. "We have had over 100 aggravated robberies and home invasions. Many of you probably didn't read about the double-execution-style homicide that we had here in Denver, where people were laid down on the floor and executed because they were running a medical marijuana outlet."
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“But on Tuesday, Morrissey said the numbers he presented the day before to the council were ‘loose figures’ and none of the homicides was in an established medical marijuana facility.”
Naturally, pro-legalization advocates are firing back. Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told The Huffington Post, "Morrissey's suggestion that the state- and locally regulated medical marijuana industry is somehow at fault for crimes that occurred entirely outside of its scope is ludicrous and irresponsible. I cannot imagine any other instance in which he would place blame for violent crimes on law-abiding businesses and citizens who have fallen victim to them."
"If these crimes are occurring and the public never hears about them, as he has suggested," Tvert added, "it is indicative of his and other law enforcement officials' failure to prevent such crimes and maintain public awareness. In other words, it suggests they –- and not the medical marijuana industry –- need to change the way they're doing business."