FAQ for Dispensary Owners
1. What is the Evaluating Cannabis Dispensary Policies study?
2. Why do we need this study?
3. What is the purpose of this study?
4. How can my collective/cooperative help?
5. Why are you asking these questions?
6. Are the surveys confidential?
7. What if I have more questions?
The goal of the study is to understand the full range of effects, both positive and negative, that medical cannabis dispensaries potentially have in the overall neighborhood environment in several California cities. Dr. Bridget Freisthler at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Department of Social Welfare is the Principal Investigator coordinating this research.
This research began after our team observed contradictory information about medical cannabis dispensaries reported to the public and cited in public policy debates—despite a lack of hard scientific evidence to support these statements. In spite of the consensus that compassionate access to medical cannabis is protected by law, there are many contradictory statements and beliefs about current distribution methods.
For example, a recent Los Angeles ordinance cites anecdotal accounts of “an increase in and escalation of violent crime at the location of” and “negative secondary effects associated with” medical cannabis collectives/cooperatives. In contrast, the Sacramento City Police Chief Rick Braziel stated crime is not an issue with dispensaries and "the call volume around the dispensaries is no greater than any other business." Our current research has found no relationship between property or violent crime and density of dispensaries.
The purpose of this research study is to obtain scientific data in order to produce hard evidence to determine the extent that statements like those provided above and others like them reflect reality. In addition, we are working to understand typical business practices and factors that may shape the medical cannabis market.
We are collecting first-hand information from collectives/cooperatives that choose to participate in our study. Your organization can help this process by taking part in a brief in-person or phone interview and price survey. The study asks about basic operations your collective or cooperative, available products, and pricing.
Product surveys and associated questions, are a scientifically validated methodology commonly used to study a variety of industries in order to identify factors that may influence product prices.
All information collected in the course of this study will remain anonymous and the dispensary will remain confidential. No one outside our research team will have access to the provided information. Any reports will present only aggregated information which cannot be traced back to any dispensary. We have no official relationship with the State, cities, police departments, or industry organizations and will not share individual information with them. We have procedures in place to maintain both the confidentiality and anonymity of the provided data including the use of random identification numbers, electronic data encryption as well as both physical and password access restriction to data files and study materials.
If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Dr. Bridget Freisthler or one of her research team members at the following phone number (310) 206-1602. She can also be contact via e-mail at using our contact form.