Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Boost Local Crime: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) — Neighborhoods with medical
marijuana dispensaries do not have higher crime rates than other
neighborhoods, according to researchers who examined 95 different areas of
Sacramento, Calif., in 2009.

As more U.S. states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical
reasons, some people have expressed concern that outlets that dispense the
drug and their clients will become targets for crime.

But that’s not the case, according to the study in the July issue of
the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The researchers found no evidence that neighborhoods with a higher
density of medical marijuana dispensaries had higher rates of violent
crime or property crime than other neighborhoods.

The study authors added, however, that further research is needed
because they looked at neighborhoods at only one point in time. A
neighborhood‘s crime patterns could change over time as more medical
marijuana dispensaries open.

“This study is a good first step,” study leader Nancy Kepple, of the
University of California, Los Angeles, said in a journal news release.
“But it was not designed to address the bigger picture of how these
dispensaries might be affecting neighborhoods.”

She also noted that the findings are based on one city, and research in
other cities may yield different results. Currently, 17 states and
Washington, D.C., permit medical marijuana use.

“The more research that’s done, the more complete a picture we’ll
have,” Kepple said.

Medical marijuana was legalized for use in patients whose doctors
recommend it for relief during treatment for cancer, AIDS, chronic pain
and other conditions, according to the California Department of Public

More information

The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of
California-San Diego has more about medical marijuana.

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