translated from Spanish: Uruguay: is there a relationship between the increase in killings and legalization of marijuana?

the killings in Uruguay increased by 66.4% with respect to the same half in 2017. This statement is clear from the report by the National Observatory on violence and crime.

It should be recalled that in 2013, in Uruguay passed a law that allows the production of marijuana by private under the control of the State, home cultivation for personal consumption and the formation of cooperative seed, among other clubs.

At the time of analyzing the variables that can affect this troubling scenario, the Minister of the Interior Eduardo Bonomi has argued that the increases in question can be linked to the effects of judicial proceedings understood under the name of «effect November»what effect November?

It refers to the linking of certain Uruguayan officials between the entry into force of the new code of Penal Procedure (CPP) November 1, 2017 and exponential in the number of homicides increased. Minister Bonomi said that while the CPP was a turning point in the fall of the crimes that were occurring and that if well supports it because it enshrines rights, «there is a more benign criminal prosecution», but why marijuana does not related to the increase in h omicidios?

The Undersecretary of the Ministry for his part, Jorge Vázquez, held in dialogue with the newspaper El Observador that «from the point of view of public safety, marijuana has never been a major problem. On the other hand, are cocaine and base paste drugs that have more connection with the crime «the reason that it wields therefore is that the legalization of marijuana does not have a link to the aforementioned rate of homicides. why? Mainly because the legislation did not build a framework for action on the remaining substances involving drug trafficking and its operation in the country. The truth is that the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay since its genesis had a dual purpose: bring business to traffickers, seeking to turn away the marijuana users of spaces where cocaine and pasta are offered on the one hand base. It is this point from which security specialists dismiss a real link between the killings and the cannabis. 
Consumption, the social gap and its implications on drug trafficking in Montevideo are 7 of the 14 enabled, being also located in upper-income neighborhoods. Similarly, there is a correlation between the pay of people and consumed drugs. Vazquez poses that cocaine use increases at the expense of the paste base. This responds to the increase in the purchasing power of Uruguayans, who opt for a higher quality drug, which also means more money for the drug traffickers.

Ministry of the Interior of Uruguay within the increases in rates of homicide, account settings (directly linked to drug trafficking) reduced rates of resolution of crimes by the Uruguayan police. Although there are still several months to finish this year, a sharp decline can be seen being that in 2016 they resolved the 60.4% of cases, while 50.2% last year, being even lower prospects for this year.

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