DENVER — The latest Denver crime figures show there is no evidence marijuana dispensaries are driving higher crime rates.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/odrl775 ) nearly one-third of the crimes committed in Denver occurred within 1,000 feet of a medical marijuana dispensary. However, the statistics provide no evidence that dispensaries are to blame for any increases.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has backed off after he said Monday that a dozen homicides and hundreds of robberies have been linked to the medical marijuana industry statewide.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com