Study: cannabis dispensaries deter crime
“Open dispensaries provide over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented,” authors concluded.
Researchers identified an immediate increase in criminal activity – particularly property crime, larceny, and auto break ins – in the areas where dispensary operations were forced to close as compared to crime rates in those neighborhoods where marijuana retailers remained open for business. “[W]e find no evidence that closures decreased crime,” they reported. “Instead, we find a significant relative increase in crime around closed dispensaries.”