RAND retracts report on pot dispensaries and crime

San Jose Mercury News, October 25, 2011
One of the nation's most prominent public-policy think tanks was wiping egg from its face Monday after retracting a study it released last month challenging law enforcement's oft-advanced claim that medical marijuana dispensaries boost neighborhood crime. RAND Corporation's preliminary study of 600 marijuana dispensaries -- some of which shut down, some of which stayed open -- over a three-week period in 2010 indicated that crime rises in surrounding neighborhoods when dispensaries close.

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