NYPD Commissioner: Marijuana Causing Increase In Murders

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Murders are up nearly 17% from last year [PDF], shootings have increased by 23%, and the marijuana trade is to blame, according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. "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," Bratton told reporters yesterday. "The seemingly innocent drug that's been legalized around the country."

Worse than when gang violence killed 523 people in upper Manhattan alone from 1983 to 1988? Worse than when more than half of 414 homicides catalogued between March and October of 1988 (we had a total of 328 in 2014) were deemed drug-related? Worse than 1990, when 2,245 people were murdered in New York City?

"I'd like to see what hard evidence there is that it's marijuana that's driving a deep-freeze winter shooting...

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