Washington is not the only region that is dealing with licensed cannabis industry-related crimes.
Recent reports of thefts, break-ins and robberies at cannabis-related businesses has provoked Washington state officials to eliminate an online map that indicated the locations of licensed producers and processors.
Although the map has not been directly linked to any of the crimes, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has deleted the map from its website as a safety measure. The information will still be available, but interested parties will have to acquire it via public record requests, per state public record laws.
“We had a request by some of our stakeholders feeling that having those addresses posted on the website was an easy way for them to be found and perhaps targeted,” WSLCB spokesperson Julie Graham toldMarijuana Business Daily. “We’ve decided to remove the non-retail maps and addresses from the website,” Graham said.
The recent crimes have caused physical damage, product and cash loss, and sent a shiver down the collective spines of the state’s cannabis industry players.
Although it’s unclear if there has been an increase in break-ins at cannabis producers and processors, as the board does not keep track of the number of thefts and burglaries that have occurred in the state, Washington has been known (and previously lauded) for making cannabis industry-related information easily accessible to the public.
Washington is not the only region that is dealing with licensed cannabis industry-related crimes. Break-ins and burglaries have been a hot topic of late in both the U.S. and Canada.
Recent incidents in Canada have inspired at least one dispensary manager in west-end Edmonton to flout provincial regulations and partially remove its government-mandated window coverings after experiencing a robbery last month and after another local pot shop experienced a violent hold-up in which a female staff member was assaulted at gunpoint.
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Written by Emma Spears