RAND Corp Retracts Report on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime

The independent think tank RAND Corp. issued a rare public retraction Monday morning, pulling a controversial September study which found that closing L.A. dispensaries increased crime sometimes by as much as 62 percent.

The publication of “Regulating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: An Overview with Preliminary Evidence of Their Impact on Crime” drew the ire of law enforcement officials. RAND said a post-publication review found that the study did not include key crime data from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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