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Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police: Crime Rates in Denver Up Almost 7 Percent Since Marijuana Legalization


AACOP reinforces stance against ballot measure 2 calling it “dangerous and costly”

A recent crime rate report (linked below) released by the Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program states that in the first six months of 2014, overall crime in Denver has increased nearly 7 percent compared to last year.  This rise in crime coincides with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.  The HIDTA program is part of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

“While there is no direct cause and effect that can be identified at this time, the rise in Denver crime certainly correlates with the legalization of marijuana.  The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) is very concerned that Alaska will see a similar increase in crime if ballot measure 2 passes,” said Kalie Klaysmat, executive director of AACOP. “We also expect that law enforcement needs caused by legalization could cost taxpayers as much as $6 million dollars in increased public safety costs.”

Crime rates in Colorado since the legalization of recreational marijuana have been controversial, with marijuana supporters claiming that crime has remained stable or even declined. Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain HIDTA, explained that legalization advocates are cherry-picking data and are not looking at all reported crime categories in Denver. In contrast, the Rocky Mountain HIDTA report provides a comprehensive picture of what’s happening with crime in Denver and shows that overall crime has increased since last year.

AACOP believes legalized marijuana will increase public safety problems in Alaska and encourages all Alaskans to vote against ballot measure 2

The August 2014 HIDTA report is located at:


The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police was established as a voice to represent all law enforcement executives in Alaska. Their mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of Alaska’s criminal justice system.


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