Medical marijuana is already legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and seven more states will decide whether to legalize it by the end of this year. As public support for medical marijuana grows, however, some misconceptions about marijuana remain — as illustrated in a recent exchange with a Drug Enforcement Agent official who refused to admit that marijuana is less harmful than crack cocaine.
A new UCLA study helps to ease some of the misguided fears about the danger of medical marijuana, pointing out
that medical marijuana dispensaries don’t lead to any increase in crime
rates in the areas where they’re located. Although other environmental
factors like unemployment are clear contributors to rising crime rates,
the study concludes that medical marijuana shops are not linked to
violent or property crime: