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Could future medical marijuana dispensaries invite crime into neighborhoods?

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Could future medical marijuana dispensaries invite crime into neighborhoods?

CREATED Oct 26, 2012

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As medical marijuana dispensaries prepare to open their doors across the state, one question remains: Will they invite crime into the neighborhoods and are police doing anything to prepare?

Tucson Police say they're not worried about dispensaries, but more about certification centers that are issuing more than just IDs.

Last month, police raided several 'Shop 420' locations and found 14 pounds of high-grade marijuana worth $50,000. Ten people were arrested.

"We do have a worry that it opens the door for others individuals or people to fraudulently put up a business that's related to dispensaries and will have some type of illegal marijuana growing and sales along with it,"

Nine On Your Side wanted to know how locals feel about potential crime.

Diana Morten lives near one of the future dispensaries on the corner of Broadway and Kolb.
 
"That's why I say no to bring it closer to anybody's home, if you're going to do it, keep it far away," he said.

While others aren't sure what to expect.

"Jury is still out on that one... remains to be seen, I try to keep an open mind," said Jim Grimes.