The people of Colorado made their voices heard on November 6, 2012, by voting to legalize marijuana in the state. The law went into effect in July of 2013, and the first retail marijuana stores opened on New Year’s Day of 2014. Though many were concerned about what legalizing marijuana would do to crime rates, statistics have shown so far that there has actually been a decrease in many types of crime. Homicide rates in Denver dropped by 60% in the first six months following legalization, while burglaries dropped 10% between 2013 and 2014. Arrests for possession decreased dramatically, and traffic fatalities also saw a decrease. Check out this infographic from Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C., skilled attorneys near Denver, to learn more about how the legalization of marijuana has affected crime rates in Colorado. Please share with your friends and family.