Regulating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: An Overview with Preliminary evidence of Their Impact on crime
Mireille Jacobson, Tom Chang, James M. Anderson, John MacDonald, Ricky N. Bluthenthal, J. Scott Ashwood
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that allow certain individuals to use marijuana for medical purposes. Each year another state takes up this issue,either at the polls or in the legislature: At present,legislatures in more than half a dozen states are set to debate whether to adopt medical marijuana laws. In this report, we provide an overview of state medical marijuana laws. We discuss current approaches to regulating the supply of medical marijuana, including capping the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, the retail shops that provide marijuana to individuals with a physician’s recommendation for the drug, and banning them outright. We then take a closer look at the controversy over retail medical marijuana sales and crime.
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