No evidence marijuana dispensaries driving crimes

DENVER (AP) — The latest Denver crime figures show there is no evidence marijuana dispensaries are driving higher crime rates.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/odrl775 ) nearly one-third of the crimes committed in Denver occurred within 1,000 feet of a medical marijuana dispensary. However, the statistics provide no evidence that dispensaries are to blame for any increases.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey created controversy Monday when he told city councilors that there had been 12 homicides and over 100 aggravated robberies directly related to medical marijuana though later he said they were “loose figures”. His spokeswoman, Lynn Kimbrough, said Thursday he was referring to incidents from the metro area, not just in Denver, and that most of the violence occurred in homes where marijuana was grown, rather than in dispensaries.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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