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Putting pot in its place

With a Rand study showing an increase in crime after some medical marijuana dispensaries were shut down, L.A. needs a better policy toward such facilities.

September 24, 2011
A Rand Corp. study this week seemed to nip the conventional wisdom about medical marijuana dispensaries in the proverbial bud, contradicting statements from law enforcement officials that these facilities are magnets for crime. On the contrary, Rand researchers said, crime actually increased in the vicinity of hundreds of L.A. dispensaries after they were ordered to shut down.

Does this mean that dispensaries decrease neighborhood crime rather than increasing it? Unfortunately, despite Rand's analysis, we still don't know the answer. There are so many obvious problems with Rand's study that it's impossible to come to solid conclusions about crime either way.


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colorado is safer

i was looking up a dispensary on google maps a while back and was astonished by the difference between old google map pictures and the newly rejuvenated marijuana block. before the dispensaries the block was mostly vacant with run down buildings and dead grass. now it looks like a nice clean block of well kept doctors offices with a quite little outdoor cafe in between two new high tech looking dispensaries.
i've seen the same type of scenes all over colorado with hydro shops and other similar businesses.

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new study?

Crime is lower in dispensary locations.