No Association Between Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime

(Dispensaries and Crime) "The cross-sectional results suggest that dispensaries are not associated with crime rates; however, current media and policy efforts have focused their attention on the place-based regulation of these dispensaries to protect the public against crime (California Police Chief’s Association, 2009; City of Los Angeles, 2010; Lopez, 2010). Based on the limited evidence presented by this study, it is unclear if place-based policies will be effective."


Kepple, Nancy J. and Freisthlere, Bridget, "Exploring the Ecological Association Between Crime and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries," Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Piscataway, NJ: The State University of New Jersey Rutgers, July 2012) Volume 73, Issue 4, p. 529.