As we send Lenny to the west coast we want to make sure he is informed on the medical marijuana dispensary issue. So we offer this:
A study showed that when hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were closed last year in Los Angeles crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods, challenging claims made by law enforcement agencies that the storefronts are magnets for crime. The report by the nonprofit RAND Corp. reviewed crime reports for the 10 days prior to and the 10 days after city officials shuttered the clinics last summer after a new ordinance went into effect. The analysis revealed that crime increased about 60 percent within three blocks of a closed dispensary compared to the same parameters for those that remained open.
“If medical marijuana dispensaries are causing crime, then there should be a drop in crime when they close,” said Mireille Jacobson, a RAND senior economist and the study’s lead author. “Individual dispensaries may attract crime or create a neighborhood nuisance, but we found no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise.”
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Meanwhile, Mr. President got some attention in oakland. “Downtown Oakland became a stage Monday for those who are dissatisfied with President Obama on his latest campaign fundraising trip to the Bay Area. What started as a medical marijuana demonstration outside City Hall became a free-for-all for various interests.
Medical marijuana supporters protesting the closing of Harborside dispensary marched past the several-block-long queue for the Fox Theater, where Obama later would speak to supporters at a campaign fundraising event. The protesters are upset that the Obama has not, in their view, upheld his promise to be hands-off the locally sanctioned pot clubs.
Harborside, a marijuana “superstore” according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag in San Francisco, was shut down in April despite Obama’s 2008 campaign vow to not use “Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws” that legalized medical marijuana.
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