RAND Officially Retracts Marijuana Dispensary Study Linked To Crime

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The RAND Corp. Monday officially retracted a study published in September that linked increases in crime to the closing of marijuana dispensaries around Los Angeles.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta Reports

Public safety advocates widely criticized the report and questioned the study’s data, prompting the Santa Monica-based think tank to review its study.

The review found the study did not include crime data reported by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to RAND, which plans to conduct a new analysis that could take months to complete.

RAND Vice President of Infrastructure, Safety and Environment Debra Knopman called the retraction a “rare failure” of the company’s peer review system.

“We take our commitment to quality and objectivity seriously so we have retracted the study in order to correct it,” she said.

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One Comment

  1. citizen says:

    Sounds more like someone did not like the first report.

  2. robert smith says:

    RAND got told its federal contracts were in jeopardy. Fascism, one step at a time.

  3. Glenn says:

    They didn’t like the first report soo they rejected it. Kinda like Fox and Ron Paul polls huh?

  4. Erik Henderson says:

    The truth was unacceptable and has been deleted.

  5. Well Maybe says:

    “The review found the study did not include crime data reported by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to RAND, which plans to conduct a new analysis that could take months to complete.”

    The only conclusion from this is if they are ADDING more crime data from another agency than what they originally had that the amount of crime would be worse than what they had originally reported on.

  6. Alan Di says:

    Since when does public pressure change a scientifically valid study? Rand has lost credibility with this decision.

  7. Barry says:

    RAND has not had credibility for decades. See the D. Kronmeyer report online of his year with RAND. The entire organizatioh is a hoax.

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