A burglary a week: 12th break-in at pot shop highlights ongoing criminal trend in Western Washington – KIRO Seattle

WESTERN WASHINGTON — Burglaries at cannabis stores have now become commonplace in Western Washington, especially ones where a stolen vehicle is used to ram a building to get inside.

Here’s a list of every break-in at a marijuana dispensary 12 weeks into 2024:

KIRO 7 has reported on burglaries and armed robberies at marijuana dispensaries for years.

Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, while 24 states have legalized its recreational use. An additional 14 states allow marijuana for medical use only.

A top concern of dispensary owners has been an inability to access traditional banking, which means marijuana shops tend to have more cash on hand than other businesses.

Congress has repeatedly tried to pass the SAFER Banking Act (previously deemed the SAFE Banking Act), which would give marijuana dispensaries access to the traditional banking system used by other American businesses.

In 2022, KIRO 7 spoke with Kevin Heiderich, who feared the SAFE/SAFER Banking Act “will take too long.”

“This is something that the federal government has needed to work on for some time. It’s painfully evident to everyone,” he said. “There will still be negative consequences to the failed war on drugs and the lackadaisical approach to cannabis legalization in the state and federal level.”

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