Safety Around Pot Stores to Be Addressed Tuesday by State Officials
WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and other state officials are holding a press conference Tuesday to address a growing public concern.
Ferguson and Gov. Inslee released a statement late Monday that read in part:
"In preparation of retail marijuana licenses being issued in early July, Gov. Jay Inslee will lead a multi-agency press conference at 12:30pm on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to discuss public safety and awareness efforts aimed at preventing sales and use of marijuana to minors..." (Bold lettering added for emphasis).
In light of the state pot stores opening July 1st, many people are wondering what is going to be done from a public safety standpoint to make sure the stores don't become targets for opportunistic criminals.
Although the robbery rate for the old state liquor stores was not alarming, and significantly more convenience stores were held up, Critics are wary of what impact pot stores will potentially have on crime rates. Opponents feel the pot stores, full of marijuana and cash, will be prime targets.
Supporters of legalized marijuana say the stores will be safe, secure, and law enforcement agencies are prepared for any potential issues. No stores will be opening in the Tri-Cities, but one store is confirmed to be opening in Spokane the 1st of July.
Ferguson and other officials will lay out plans and procedures that will be in place to ensure a safe and smooth implementation of the state's new legal marijuana policy.