LAPD Veteran: Study Linking Closed Pot Shops, Violence ‘Makes No Sense’

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A study released this week by the RAND Corporation that claimed violent crime decreased in neighborhoods where marijuana dispensaries were not shut down is getting a hazy reception from the Los Angeles Police Department.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports at least one 31-year LAPD veteran is unconvinced by what he calls a lack of credibility.

LAPD Detective Robert Holcolmb with Devonshire Divisions Narcotics Section said the data reviewed in the study is too limited to properly extrapolate any solid findings.

The focus on a .3-mile radius around the stores for only a 10-day period in June of last year when pot shops city-wide were closed is not sufficient grounds on which to assert any real statistical relationship, Holcolmb said.

“Their premise was since crime stayed flat around the closed locations and decreased around the open locations, they saw that as an increase of crime around the closed locations and that makes no sense,” he said.

The contention that pot shops are magnets for crime are based on month-long LAPD Compstat crime reports coupled with anecdotal reports of crimes involving pot shops that the owners fail to report for fear of police shutting down their operations permanently.

  • marrk

    Police will spin whatever Propaganda is required so that they try and keep us scarred, Police are private interest just like Alcohol, Tobacco, Insurance, HMO”S, each one of these entity’s are only interested in getting us to spend more money, am I the only one who is offended that the Police are on this list????

  • Barry Bunes

    Of course these guys are going to deny the facts. Arresting people is how they put bread on the table. The more crime, the more work they have. Busting potheads is not hard, by and large they are not armed.

    If they want to put a dent in the violent crime here and in Mexico. drugs across the board have to be either legalized or decriminalized, and sold legitamately above board.

    • Adina Berger

      I just have to say I love your comment :) They are pretty easy to arrest. Giggle. They aren’t armed and will happily go off to jail :) It’s actually easier than shooting fish in a bucket. You have to get the fish into the bucket first….pot heads will gladly step into the bucket :)

  • Adina Berger

    How many people have been arrested for a violent crime while under the influence of POT ????? THAT is what I want to know ;)_

    • Adina Berger

      And….just for the record, I DO NOT SMOKE POT !!!! I do realize it’s value to people who have issues with violent behavior. I have seen how it works quickly and efficiently. Personally I’d rather see a person have a quick way to manage his /her behavior (and possibly not live as long) instead of the v violent behavior remaining unchecked, resulting in him/her landing in jail and costing us tons of money. The tax dollars that might be lost on pot sales, can NOT even begin to touch the cost of locking people up because they can’t get pot. Let’s get serious !

  • bob

    I love this line “anecdotal reports of crimes involving pot shops that the owners fail to report for fear of police shutting down their operations permanently”

    Which boils down to , There is no real proof but this is what we think is happening.

  • Alan Di

    When a dispensary is in a neighborhood, street drug dealers have competition and will go elsewhere to sell their merchandise. When a dispensary is closed, a new territory opens up resulting in fighting and an increase in violent crime. Read the Rand report! Police and the Fed don’t like the result of the study because it contradicts their position on Marijuana.

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