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Washington State Takes Down Online Map Of Marijuana Businesses Following Burglaries

Washington State Takes Down Online Map Of Marijuana Businesses Following Burglaries

Businesses have lost product, cash, and equipment, with some facilities suffering physical damage as well.

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January 2, 2020

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After a string of burglaries at cannabis businesses in the state, a Washington regulatory agency is suspending an online resource that could be a valuable tool for the culprits.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has taken down a map from its website that identified the locations of various marijuana companies.

“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,” Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board spokeswoman Julie Graham told Marijuana Business Daily. 

Graham told MBD that the agency pulled the map last week, and that the decision was to remove “non-retail maps and addresses from the website.”

Burglaries at Washington’s Bud Businesses

The rash of burglaries at those businesses was the subject of a lengthy investigative report published in August by Politico. 

The story detailed how, as the cases of theft mounted, marijuana “growers came to suspect that the criminals had found another way of getting the information they needed to target vulnerable businesses offering big payoffs: The government was giving it to them.”

Source: https://hightimes.com/news/washington-state-takes-down-online-map-of-marijuana-businesses-following-burglaries/

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