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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:45 PM

Study of the Day: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Attract Crime

New Study Finds No Correlation Between Medical Marijuana Shops And Crime Rates
By Tara Culp-Ressler on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Medical marijuana is already legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and seven more states will decide whether to legalize it by the end of this year. As public support for medical marijuana grows, however, some misconceptions about marijuana remain — as illustrated in a recent exchange with a Drug Enforcement Agent official who refused to admit that marijuana is less harmful than crack cocaine.

A new UCLA study helps to ease some of the misguided fears about the danger of medical marijuana, pointing out that medical marijuana dispensaries don’t lead to any increase in crime rates in the areas where they’re located. Although other environmental factors like unemployment are clear contributors to rising crime rates, the study concludes that medical marijuana shops are not linked to violent or property crime:

Places such as medical marijuana dispensaries provide an opportunity where the conditions for crime outlined by routine activities theory can also converge. Percentage of a census tract that was commercially zoned, percentage of housing units in a census tract that were one-person households, and unemployment rate were positively related to violent and property crime rates. However, no crosssectional associations were observed between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and violent or property crime rates, controlling for ecological variables traditionally associated with routine activity theory. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/06/study-of-the-day-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-dont-attract-crime/258916/


The study, which examined 95 different areas around Sacramento, builds upon similar findings from another California-area study. Although the study’s author points out that the research will paint a broader picture once extrapolated to different areas of the country, it is yet another sign that fears about marijuana leading to increased violence, crime, and drug use are overblown. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that legalizing marijuana actually leads to positive effects, including the potential to decrease teens’ use of drugs like cocaine.


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/27/507019/new-study-finds-no-correlation-between-medical-marijuana-shops-and-crime-rates/

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Reply Study of the Day: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Attract Crime (Original post)
kpete Jun 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Jun 2012 #1
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #2
Blue Owl Jun 2012 #3
mariematt Jul 2012 #4
Ohio Joe Jul 2012 #5
Robb Jul 2012 #6

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:49 PM

1. There is nothing inherently criminal about selling marijuana.

It's just another commodity.

There is one way in which dispensaries can "cause" crime: They can be the victims of robberies, just like any other business.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:50 PM

2. But they do attract

junk food vendors. Make your own value judgments.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:55 PM

3. And they sure attract the feds -- that's the real crime

n/t

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Mon Jul 2, 2012, 09:58 AM

4. Vaporizers or Flame: What works Best for Inhaling Marijuana?

Medical marijuana gives relax to your lungs when marijuana smoke gets you high when you apply heat to THC, other cannabinoids and other compounds in marijuana and deliver these heated compounds to your blood via your lungs and your lung inhale better.

you can find more information about medical marijuana on http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/article/marijuana-vaporizers-bong-smoke-lungs-thc-bubblehash

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Response to mariematt (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 10:12 AM

5. I get some wonderful edibles here in Denver

Cheeba Chews are the shit. Also, the Ganja Gourmet always has some great treats.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 10:16 AM

6. The only businesses that reliably attract crime

...are police stations.

Crime statistics are a mess to work out. For example, a business that attracts police officers -- coffee shop with good donuts, say -- will trend an area upward in crime statistics. Why? More cops means more crime is spotted and dealt with.

Small towns all know this. Hire more police officers if you think you need them and can afford them, but for god's sake don't release crime statistics after, because there will miraculously have been more crime like right away.

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