Pot shops don’t spark crime, UCI study says. Here’s why

By Brooke Staggs

Conventional wisdom says marijuana dispensaries make neighborhoods less safe, but a new study from UC Irvine suggests the conventional wisdom is wrong and that crime increases after cities move to close pot shops.

“Given all the pretty strong rhetoric about dispensaries generating or at least attracting crime, it was not the result we expected,” said Mireille Jacobson, a health economics professor at UCI who studied the data with colleague Tom Chang. “But I feel comfortable saying it’s very unlikely that these places are crime magnets.”

Dispensaries seem to behave in this respect much like restaurants and other mainstream businesses, Jacobson said, helping [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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