Pubdate: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 Source: Reporter, The (Vacaville, CA) Copyright: 2011 The Reporter Contact: http://www.thereporter.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/472 Author: Ralph Givens KNOCKING OFF DISPENSARIES Vacaville Police Chief Richard Word's claim ("Vacaville council just says no to pot dispensaries," March 23) that "dispensaries bring with them other crimes such as robberies and burglaries" has not proved true in Los Angeles or any other city with marijuana dispensaries. Police Chief Word's assertions about marijuana are thinly disguised fictions with no basis in fact. Cops imply that allowing a marijuana dispensary could be dangerous because there might be an armed robbery of a pot club. However, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck debunked that claim when he said, "Banks are more likely to get robbed than medical marijuana dispensaries." In 2009, the LAPD received reports of 71 robberies at the more than 350 banks in the city, compared with 47 robberies at medical marijuana facilities, which number at least 800. The plain truth is that people face more than three times risk of injury going to their local bank than going to a marijuana dispensary. Word needs to explain why Los Angeles' crime rates have hit their lowest point in decades despite having hundreds of marijuana dispensaries. People have to be near brain-dead to think that dedicating police to "marijuana crimes" protects citizens because it is an indisputable fact that a cop cannot hunt down child molesters, armed robbers, car thieves, burglars, rapists or any other criminals while pursuing pot smokers. Ralph Givens Daly City - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.