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Cannabis & Crime

Myth: Having a cannabis dispensary in the neighborhood will increase the crime rate

Fact:

There have been a few studies that evaluated if the presence of a retail cannabis facility in a neighborhood increases the crime rate in the neighborhood. Results of the current studies are mixed, one study found that there is no statistically significant impact to neighborhood crime rates when a dispensary is placed in the neighborhood, another found there was actually a decrease in number of crimes in a neighborhood following a dispensary being introduced. While we cannot say with certainty there is no impact on crime rates following a cannabis dispensary entering the neighborhood, it is important to note that no studies have found a notable increase in neighborhood crime rates which begs the question – is fighting to remove dispensaries from neighborhoods, or fighting to prevent dispensaries from entering a neighborhood, the best way to impact community safety?

Source:

Science Direct: Not in my backyard? Not so fast. The effect of marijuana legalization on neighborhood crime
National Library of Medicine: From Medical to Recreational Marijuana Sales: Marijuana Outlets and Crime in an Era of Changing Marijuana Legislation
National Library of Medicine: The Emerging Marijuana Retail Environment: Key Lessons Learned from Tobacco and Alcohol Retail Research
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