Marijuana shops cause crime?

The Los Angeles Times labels a RAND Corp. study as “junk science”.

The Times editorializes,

Are medical marijuana dispensaries magnets for crime? That question matters, because the assumption that such facilities are neighborhood nuisances is propelling a drive by Los Angeles and other California cities to craft regulations that limit the number of dispensaries and where they can operate. So when Rand Corp. came out with a study last month that seemed to arrive at the opposite conclusion, marijuana advocates stood up and cheered.

The cheering stopped Monday, when Rand retracted the study.

Rand isn’t given to sloppy research, which is what makes its junk-science study so surprising.

Read the Times’ editorial.