Los Angeles Times: For A Safer L.A., Legal Marijuana?
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Los Angeles Times: For A Safer L.A., Legal Marijuana?

Wow. You mean those folks at NORML could be right -– that the best way to win the war on drugs is with legal marijuana? Rand Corp concludes that crime increased when legal marijuana dispensaries were forced to close.

Medical legal marijuana dispensaries — with storerooms of high-priced weed, registers brimming with cash and some clientele more interested in getting high than getting well — are often seen as magnets for crime, a perception deepened by a few high-profile murders. But a report from the Rand Corp. reaches a startling conclusion: The opposite appears to be true. In a study of crime near Los Angeles dispensaries — which the investigators call the most rigorous independent examination of its kind — the Santa Monica-based think tank found that crime actually increased near hundreds of medical legal marijuana shops after they were required to close last summer.

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