Marijuana Decriminalization Policy and its Effect on Drug-Related Arrest Rates in the New England Region

Title

Marijuana Decriminalization Policy and its Effect on Drug-Related Arrest Rates in the New England Region

Authors

Presenter(s)

Maura Hanley, Michael Lawless

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Description

Marijuana decriminalization policy is a rapidly growing legislative trend of policy change in the United States. Our research examines if marijuana decriminalization policy implementation has affected the rates of drug-related arrests in six states in the New England region of the United States. Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts were chosen specifically because the New England region was very progressive when it came to marijuana decriminalization and implemented policy in the 2000s and early 2010s. Our research goal was to analyze the arrest rates of marijuana sales and possession per state per year, and examine how the data reflects the relationship of policy implementation and drug arrest rates.

Publication Date

4-22-2021

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Martha Hurley, Grant W. Neeley

Primary Advisor's Department

Political Science

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

Marijuana Decriminalization Policy and its Effect on Drug-Related Arrest Rates in the New England Region

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