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NYPD Commissioner Links Legalized Pot to Rise in Shootings

Shootings in New York City have gone up 17 percent in the past year, and according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, marijuana legalization across the United States is partly to blame. Now, in New York City, marijuana is not completely legalized, but it has been decriminalized to some degree and the NYPD has stopped arresting people with small amounts of marijuana on their person.

Bratton referred to marijuana as “the seemingly innocent drug that’s been legalized around the country,” and says that yes, it’s connected to a rise in shootings.

He explained, “In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with an 80s and 90s with heroin and cocaine… We just see marijuana everywhere when we make these arrests, when we get these guns off the streets.”

Watch WABC’s report, along with Bratton’s remarks, below:

[h/t Gothamist]
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