Study: Pot Shop Security Could Reduce Crime
Professor Bridget Freisthler and colleagues (including students from the Social Welafer and Urban Planning programs) recently published a study finding that dispensaries in Sacramento that utilized specific security features (having security cameras, requiring a marijuana recommendation identification card) had lower violent crime within 100 and 250 feet of the dispeansary. See http://publicaffairs.ucla.edu/news/school-public-affairs/study-pot-shop-security-could-reduce-crime for more information.
Freisthler, B., Kepple, N.J., Sims, R., & Martin, S.E. (2013). Evaluating medical marijuana dispensary policies: Spatial methods for the study of environmentally-based interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51, 278-288.