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Cannabis Dispensaries Linked To Decrease In Crime Rates

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A new study on Denver neighborhoods shows a 19 percent crime drop rate when a cannabis dispensary is present.

While many communities have feared the opening of a legal cannabis dispensary would bring more crime to the neighborhood, research suggests that the opposite is true.

A new research article analyzing crime rates of neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado shows that marijuana dispensaries can lead to an overall reduction in crime in neighborhoods.

“The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a 19 percent decline relative to the average crime rate over the sample period,” the study’s author wrote.

The effects of dispensaries on crime rates were discovered by a senior economist, Jeffrey Brinkman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and senior community research analyst, David Mok-Lamme of Rocky Mountain Health Plan. The team examined the impact of cannabis legalization by using “detailed micro-level data” from Denver neighborhood crime rates.

Colorado, of which Denver is the capital of, has had legal marijuana sales since 2014.

According to reports, the researchers used local monthly crime-related data over the span of January 2013 to December 2016. By documenting the patterns in retail dispensary locations over time, the analysts found the decrease in crime was “highly localized, with no evidence of spillover benefits to adjacent neighborhoods.”

Source: https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/cannabis-dispensaries-linked-to-decrease-in-crime-rates/

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