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What Made Crime Drop 10% and Increased School Attendance for Colorado?

If someone told you there was a way to decrease crime, keeps kids in school, and provide the government with more money to invest in those schools, you'd probably be all for it. Luckily, Colorado residents were. The legalization of marijuana will net nearly $30 million in marijuana taxes for the state in 2014. With $19 million in recreational marijuana sold in the month of March alone, $1.9 million of that goes straight to the government for worthy causes such as public schools.

The first marijuana stores opened their doors January 1st, 2014, and since that date crime has dropped by over 10%. (Loosely related, Dunkin Donuts is expanding like crazy in the state.) With less illegal drugs being sold, it's safe to say that there is in turn less conflict. With crime down, the government has the potential to spend less money on crime prevention and more money on infrastructure.

Think this would work in your state? Recreational marijuana is also legal in Washington state, and many predict more states will follow in the next few years. 

All the naysayers who were against marijuana legalization are eating crow about now. Colorado’s weed sales just keep trending up,…
Venezuela Refinery Fire

The vice-president of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Asdrubal Chavez, has said the blaze at one of the country's largest oil refineries has been extinguished.


Officials say lightning sparked the fire at a storage tank of the Puerto La Cruz refinery, sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky and leading to the evacuation of the surrounding area.


The authorities say no one was injured.

- BBC

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