A noticeable uptick in cannabis delivery driver robberies is being reported in Michigan, as authorities scramble to manage the issue earlier than it snowballs into one thing worse. The Michigan Hashish Regulatory Company (CRA) issued a bulletin Tuesday notifying hashish companies there’s been an increase in felony exercise.
Macomb Every day reports that authorities are involved in regards to the rise in crime within the metropolitan Detroit space. As supply drivers are pressured to hold round harmful quantities of money and/or hashish, they’re like sitting geese with a goal on their heads.
In response to a latest bulletin issued by the CRA on Jan. 17, officers have “recognized a sample in reported felony exercise involving the drivers,” reporting 13 thefts of hashish merchandise, all throughout the previous six weeks. The MRA regularly posts bulletins when a difficulty arises, together with when a harmful sample emerges.
A rash of housebreaking incidents have been reported in Hazel Park and Ferndale in Oakland County, Utica in Macomb County, Westland, Hamtramck and Detroit in Wayne County, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Lansing. The burglaries started piling up because the starting of December 2022.
The information exhibits that the thefts usually occurred at homes on the time of supply. In some instances, armed robberies befell during which the drivers have been assaulted and their automobiles have been stolen.
When a theft takes place, time is ticking for the victims concerned. “Licensees and candidates are reminded that the executive guidelines require they notify the CRA and native regulation enforcement authorities inside 24 hours of turning into conscious of—or inside 24 hours of when the licensees ought to have been conscious of—the theft or lack of any product or felony exercise on the marijuana enterprise,” the CRA mentioned in a press launch.
“All suspicious exercise needs to be reported to the CRA (utilizing the shape obtainable right here) and native regulation enforcement. Questions will be despatched to the Hashish Regulatory Company Area Operations.”
Licensees are additionally reminded to observe for and report suspicious exercise to police and the CRA. The reporting form is out there on-line.
Not Simply the Supply Drivers are At Threat
Supply drivers aren’t the one ones being focused by criminals. Simply final November, the CRA said 117 break-ins took place at cannabis businesses from April through November 2022. Authorities additionally mentioned that the incidents befell primarily at adult-use shops reasonably than medical hashish dispensaries.
The CRA says the next ways have been widespread amongst break-ins: A suspect car parked within the far reaches of the car parking zone or throughout the road; use of a software equivalent to a hammer or crowbar to enter the again door; or suspects enter the enterprise and take as a lot as they’ll and go away earlier than authorities arrive. A majority of the break-ins befell between 12 a.m. and seven a.m. all through West Michigan this yr, in keeping with the CRA.
It’s not simply occurring in Michigan, however in Oregon and Washington state as nicely. Earlier this yr, about 30 robberies occurred in a one-month span in Washington.
The surges in robberies at licensed hashish outlets and amongst supply drivers adds to the urgency for a need for a bill such as the SAFE Banking Act. The SAFE Banking Act, which didn’t go as far legislatively as folks initially suspected in 2022, would remedy many of those issues.
“It makes completely no sense that authorized companies are being pressured to function fully in money, and it’s harmful—and generally even deadly—for workers behind the register,” Washington Sen. Patty Murray said in an announcement emailed to The Related Press.