Medical marijuana: RAND Corp. pulls study showing dispensaries reduce crime

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Last month, we reported on a study from the RAND Corp. that showed marijuana clinics in Los Angeles and Colorado actually weren't causing higher crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods, despite the mistaken perception among many members of the public that they were.

But the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office didn't agree with the science, and RAND has since pulled the report due to its objections.

Our good friend Steve Elliot over at our sister blog, Toke of the Town, called up RAND, and Warren Robak, from the company's media-relations department, told him, "We took a fresh look at the study based in part upon questions raised by some folks following publication," responded Warren Robak of RAND Corporation's media relations department."

But later, after Elliot grilled him on the issue, Robak admitted that the pressure was mostly from one group. "'The L.A. City Attorney's Office has been the organization most vocal in its criticism of the study, questioning its methods and conclusions," he said.

At that point, Elliot wrote, "Why, exactly, a city attorney should have input on the results of a scientific study is a question we should all be asking at this point."

I agree -- especially considering that the study also included anecdotal reports from Colorado law enforcement backing up its findings. The data shows that while dispensary crime does happen, someone in Denver is more likely to be involved in a bank robbery than a medical pot-shop stick-up.

Read Elliot's full report on Toke of the Town.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical Marijuana Industry Group decries feds' Cali crackdown, touts Colorado regs (VIDEO)."

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Jill Johnson
Jill Johnson

Marijuana is Dangerous.  Despite popular rhetoric that medical marijuanais safe because sales are regulated and controlled, crime statistics tell avery different story.

 

Asthis FOX 11 News investigative report shows, medical marijuana dispensaries aretargets for robbery and murder. When that happens, who are dispensary victimsturning to for protection?  Not the localpolice.  It’s the Mexican cartels andRussian mafia.

 

http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/new...

 

According to a report released by the White House Office ofNational Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), teens that use drugs are twice as likelyto commit violent acts as those who do not. The report also shows that the more drugs a teenager uses, the morelikely they are to engage in violent behavior.

 

You don’t have to live near a marijuana dispensary to be atrisk of a violent crime. If enough teens gain access to marijuana, crime willcome to you.

 

According to ONDCP Director John Walters, "today'sresearch shows what too many families and communities have had to learn throughpainful experience: Drug use by teenagers isn't a 'lifestyle choice' or an actof 'personal expression;' it is a public health, and, increasingly, a publicsafety dilemma."

 

Marijuana is dangerous.  Eight states are pushing to legalizemarijuana this year.  You can’t stand onthe sidelines.  Get involved. Prevent acrime. Save a life.

 

Vincent Von Dudler
Vincent Von Dudler

Regardless - the public wants federal prohibition repealed. Leave Marijuana laws up to the states!

1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up at both sites and weigh in on the debate- pvox.co/CdiFqY- wh.gov/gDQ2) Propagate those two links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to both those sites.

Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibition. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

Hatemail
Hatemail

Wake the fuck up and stop voting for welfare politicians who want to INCREASE the size of government.

Hipi
Hipi

I hate the way the discussion is being crafted against MMJ all of a sudden.

They want to speculate about whether or not someone is legitimately making money for medical purposes?

Where are the Feds everytime somebody is lied to and told they have Anxiety disorder so that someone can keep making billions off pumping Xanax into out society? 

Hatemail
Hatemail

Ya know... every MMJ patient in this country is under attack right now, I'm surprised that the MMJ community isn't backing a 2012 candidate like Ron Paul, who would end all of this reefer-madness nonsense once and for all if he was ever elected.

Seriously folks, you really need to be more vocal about this underhanded crap.

teb_1973
teb_1973

You're argument is full of propaganda and is fallacious. You state "Marijuana is dangerous", yet you have no evidence or clarity to back that up. Any statement that says Marijuana is harmless has no evidence to support itself either, yet I don't see you trying to make alcohol illegal. Is alcohol dangerous ? How many people come through the jail system every year and are drunk ? How many are high ? Do you have anything to back up your assertions other than a quote from a government official who is BIASED toward Marijuana and probably uses the same propaganda that you do ? People like you just cannot make a sensible argument and you oppress those of us trying to gain our responsible freedoms. Anytime a study comes out that supports what we are saying (Like the Rand study which completely obliterates your statement about higher crime rates linked to dispensaries), you dismiss it altogether or approve of those who suppress the evidence. You  are losing this battle. More people are waking up to the reality that Prohibition is wrong, so get used tot he fact that we will have our freedom despite your attempts to control us through fear and misinformation.

Andrea
Andrea

Possibly because, while Ron Paul may be pro decriminalizing drugs, he's also pro religion in government and anti-choice. Maybe because we shouldn't be choosing our president based on one aspect of his campaign. Maybe because we like to have our doctors and hospitals regulated and educated. 

Monkey
Monkey

Hell yes, remove the controlled substance act and the DEA. While your at it , toss the ATF, IRS and the Federal Reserve. Ron Paul for sure!!

Monkey
Monkey

Paul has sponsored a constitutional amendment which would allow students to pray privately in public schools, but would not allow anyone to be forced to pray against their will or allow the state to compose any type of prayer or officially sanction any prayer to be said in schools. He is for more FREEDOM!! not religion in government.He also believes regulation of medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is "best handled at the state level". He is for States rights and realizes the Federal government should not handle abortion issues, again more FREEDOM!!

Hatemail
Hatemail

Imagine taking all of the millions, billions $$$ of dollars from those wasted agencies and useless federal employees, and using that money to help Americans... ;)

Monkey
Monkey

Tax dollars paying people to do an unnecessary job is not helping America, forcing them to get respectable jobs like the rest of us and earn their own money instead of taking ours would help America.

Wheeee!!!!!!
Wheeee!!!!!!

So putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work would help Americans?  Genius!!!! Why didn't we think of that before???

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