Does Medical Cannabis Legalization Impact Police Safety?

While the US government effectively bans scientific research regarding cannabis and any potential therapeutic uses, you can help University of Texas at Dallas associate professor of Criminology Dr. Robert Morris, II conduct another in a series of cannabis policy research-related questions.

Dr. Morris and associates have already published an interesting research article earlier this year at PLoS One, answering the question: Does Legalizing Medical Cannabis Reduce Violent Crimes?*

This time around Dr. Morris and his colleagues are asking the sensible question public policy question: ‘Does Medical Cannabis Legalization Impact Police Officer Safety?’

NORML’s curious, aren’t you too?

Let’s help fund the research via crowdsourcing and find out the important answer to the above question after the data is gathered, crunched, analyzed and published.

Thanks for advancing science and public policy making in America regarding cannabis!

*The answer from the paper on medical cannabis’ impact on violent crime rates: ‘no’, violent crime rates do not rise because of the presence of medical cannabis retail stores.

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  1. @Allen,
    Thank you for the link! 35 days to donate is excellent.
    @Dr. Morris, you have my pledge for $125 this week. I will now do everything within my networking capability to pass this link on to others by emphasizing the One’s fear of domestic research on medical cannabis.
    One question to NORML; Is there anything similar to this program we can do for the vital, controversial, “tipping point” research being conducted by Dr. Sisley of Arizona? Dr. Sisley is the Doctor who had DEA permission to treat Veterans with PTSD but was subsequently fired due to intervention from Republican chairwoman Kimberley Yee of Arizona’s Education Committee. Where’s the link for Dr. Sisley’s grfund!?

    [Editor’s note: Thanks for helping support Dr. Morris’ research and if Dr. Sisley seeks to perform her research via crowdsource funding, NORML will help promote her research protocol funding request too.]

  2. “emphasizing the ONDCP’s fear…” As in the Office of National Drug Policy. (sorry, useless Sony Experia software turned my spellcheck on). 🙂

  3. it will make their jobs safer. obviously when you cut the criminal drug dealers and drug cartels out of the picture and put it in the hands of the state their jobs will be a lot safer.

  4. In its psychoeducational impact, especially on children even only seeing a picture, any $igarette (or joint) is a psychosymbol of gun, shooting, fire, violence etc. (“Fascis” is latin for a torch.)

    A medical MJ dispensary may be the place where some adults first find out about alternatives to joint-smoking (such as a vaporizer), and this may in turn lead some nicotine addicts to switch to e-cig, and the movement away from hot burning monoxide overdose will show up in gentler more considerate behavior overall toward oneself and others. Researchers, watch carefully!

  5. The prohibitionist in florida have a new add campaign aimed at scaring voters. they have made t-shirts that have a picture of an edible cookie and the statement that this is “the new date rape drug”. These jackasses want to keep arresting the young for nothing but lies based on non facts. Florida can not run an honest election but they are experts on this subject. Florida sheriffs departments want to keep this cash cow racket going. They just love to enrich themselves by confiscating your property,cars, boats and cash. These shameless slugs do not deserve the living they make doing this. I am amazed at how when confronted they turn up their nose,spout some rhetoric and keep going ahead with this nonsense. Every day that these laws are enforced more young people have their lives ruined.
    So hey justice professionals and politicians how do you sleep at night?
    The people are more apt to be hurt than police so do not worry about them.

  6. Well,in California, the birthplace of medical marijuana) there are still plenty of Harry.J Anslinger-disciples and wannabes.Most of the damages they are trying to inflict on the patients are done through county and city-zoning code violations.

    Fresno county has ordinance no. 14-001 that charges a fine of $1,000 per plant.Thankfully the ACLU is fighting this in court.They have also prohibited dispensaries,making it a 200 mile drive for patients that have to go to the next county,to get their meds.

    In Riverside county,they also have a ban on dispensaries,and their next step is to fine and jail medical grows that are over 12 plants.Now the problem with this,is that, the more plants that are being grown for wholesale– actually bring down the price.I think a lot patients would rather pay $50 for a quarter ounce,grown outdoors than pay $100 to $120 for indoor,that is not that much different in quality.

    Apparently,the county supervisors have a hard time distinguishing the word-Collective, and are confusing it with Cartel (or at least pretending to). Some other lame excuses are-gang graffiti on telephone polls.Like their has not been any gang- graffiti on telephone polls
    in California for the last hundred years!haha,give me a break, this would be funny if it wasn’t so serious.

    So if you are a medical marijuana patient,living in Riverside county,
    and are disturbed by this,go down to the city hall in Riverside on Sept 23rd and let you’re voice be heard.

  7. @RUT, the “old date rape drug” is $igarette tobacco (but we knew that already). The function of the nicotine/carbon monoxide cocktail is to make every possible young person INSENSITIVE to health and coercion issues leading to health damage that makes money for hospitals down the road.

    @Fed-Up, thanx for bringing up the price issue. The key PRICE DIFFERENTIATION is between cannabis and tobacco (usually at least 10-1). Keeping cannabis expensive everywhere supports the $igarette industry by luring millions of youngsters who smoke for image and status into trying the “cheaper” option… Zap! hooked for life! $3000-a-year habit for a few decades, then colossal medical bills (yearly “smoking-related disease” medical cost, US, $135 BILLION according to 2014 Surgeon General Report).

    Please, NORML, emphasize this potential savings to the nation if cannabis law reform substantially reduces the presentday rate of 800,000 new $igarette addictions per year.

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