Cannabis Dispensaries Make Neighborhoods Safer, According to New Study

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This article from Zach Harris for Merry Jane sums up the research behind an somewhat unexpected trend in neighborhoods with weed dispensaries. Read an excerpt below, and the full piece here:

“Looking for an easy way to decrease crime in your neighborhood? Open up a legal weed dispensary. According to new research published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics, the presence of a licensed cannabis dispensary in a city neighborhood is correlated to significant drops in hyperlocal crime rates. “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 authors reported.”