More marijuana shops, less crime? – Orange County Register

Josh Barber, Orange County Register

A new study out of UC Irvine backs what we have long assumed: Legal marijuana shops make good neighbors.“Given all the pretty strong rhetoric about dispensaries generating, or at least attracting, crime, it was not the result we expected,”

Mireille Jacobson, a health economics professor at UCI who studied the data with colleague Tom Chang, told the Register. “But I feel comfortable saying it’s very unlikely that these places are crime magnets.”

“The study was intentionally narrow in its focus, examining the impact of widespread closures that took place on a single day in Los Angeles,” the Register reports. But researchers found that low-level crime actually increased after shops were shut down.

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