Has marijuana legalization resulted in more crime or less?
DENVER — The amount of illegal marijuana from Colorado and seized elsewhere quadrupled in the past few years, according to a report by a network of law enforcement organizations.
The report found that in 2012, there were 274 seizures where the marijuana was destined for other states. In 2005, the number was 54.
The most common destinations for the marijuana were Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Texas.
The size of the seizures also increased. From 2005 to 2008, the total average number of pounds seized was 2,220. From 2009 to 2012, it increased to 3,937.
Most of the marijuana came from Denver, Boulder and El Paso counties, the report found.
The report also found an increased number of people trying to mail marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service. In 2010, the Postal Service seized 15 packages with marijuana headed out of state. In 2012, they seized 158.
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