In this blog, The Independant writes about crime being reduced in Colorado, due to people smoking weed. Crime in Denver, the capital of Colorado, has dropped by 10 per cent since last year – reassuring those who feared it would rise after the first legal marijuana stores opened in the state on 1 January. The statistics published by Denver authorities show that crime overall dropped by 10.6 per cent, while violent crimes including sexual assault and homicide fell by about 5 per cent in total. Meanwhile, property crime such as motor theft fell by around 11 per cent in the city as a whole. While the fall has not been directly linked to the legalisation of marijuana, the trend is likely to bolster pro-cannabis campaigners and those who welcome the$1.9million (£1.2 million) in tax the government has so far gathered from legal cannabis sales. When medical marijuana stores are included, the Colorado collected $3.5 million (£2.1 million) in taxes since it became the first US state to legalise cannabis in 2012, with commercial sales beginning at the start of the year. Read more about crime being reduced in Colorado in this article.