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Study Shows Dispensaries Do Not Increase Crime

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:03 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:01

Nancy J. Kepple M.S.W. and Bridget Freisthler, PH.D of the University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs have published  an scientific report titled “Exploring the Ecological Association Between Crime and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The study uses the premise of routine activity theory to analyze how dispensaries might contribute to criminal activity.

… crime occurs when three necessary conditions are met: (a) the presence of a motivated offender; (b) a suitable target defined by its value, visibility, access, and/or likelihood of low resistance to crime; and (c) the absence of guardians against crime, such as place managers (i.e., owners and the agents they hire to monitor and regulate behaviors), inadequate security, and/or low levels of informal social control in the surrounding environment (Clarke and Felson, 1993; Cohen and Felson, 1979; Eck and Weisburd, 1995).

After all was said and done, Kepple and Freisthler concluded that,

 … the density of medical marijuana dispensaries may not be associated with neighborhood-level crime rates. 

That is to say no more than any other commercial business that regularly keeps high amounts of cash on hand. An important point to note is the value of security and monitoring the area surrounding the physical locations is emphasized as a method for reducing such risks.

 If medical marijuana dispensaries have strong guardianship, such as security and monitoring systems, routine activity theory would suggest that the three necessary conditions for crime are not met.


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Why a Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Los Angeles is a Bad Idea

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 10:16 Written by James Shaw Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:50

The Daily News editorial Jan. 15 called for a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Los Angeles, based on arguments put forth by the City Attorney’s office. The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients warned the City Council two years ago that the City Attorney had provided fatally-flawed advice on the then-new ordinance and, indeed, Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr ordered it to be amended several times before he ruled in its favor last October. Now, we’re asking the Council to be very skeptical about the advice that there is no problem with banning dispensaries.

Let’s start with the fact that Daily News says that according to the recent Pack v. Long Beach decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeals,

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The Dirty Dozen Myths about Medical Marijuana Associations

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 10:18 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Sunday, 8 January 2012 02:27

The great debate that has raged in our city about the regulation of medical marijuana collectives (we refer to them as medical marijuana patient associations, or “PAs”), has been heavy on speculation, rhetoric and assumptions and light on facts.  The confusion has only grown with the recent Second District decision in Pack v. City of Long Beach. Here are the twelve most common misconceptions and the real facts about them:

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