Licensing dispensaries requires approval by local officials, and the debate over whether to grant a license often revolves around fears about what how the business might impact the neighborhood.
Those fears typically revolve around higher crime, lower property values and more kids having access to pot. That’s led to fewer dispensaries getting licensed in some states, and some towns and cities simply outlawing the idea altogether.
However, a new study has found that the fears associated with dispensaries are built on a weak foundation. Conducted by the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and the website Leafly, the study finds that myths are fueling these fears.