Should the public be allowed to know the locations of state-licensed marijuana companies?
Information about the licenses to be handed out next spring will be public, the state Liquor Control Board says, and likely posted on the board's website.
A local official on the state Sunshine Committee raised the possibility Tuesday that disclosure could present problems.
"To the extent that we are giving the addresses of processors and growers, I think there's a safety risk in making them available to anybody who wants them," said Ramsey Ramerman, assistant city attorney for Everett. "Dealers have (been) known to rob each other and such."
Disagreement came from state Sen. Pam Roach and David Zeeck, publisher of The News Tribune.
"There are security concerns, but when the state is licensing people to grow and distribute marijuana, I think neighbors are entitled to know where those are, and the public's entitled to know where those are," Zeeck said.
Those security concerns arise if the federal government continues forcing pot businesses to deal in cash, he said.
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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes also raised another records issue, saying the federal government might be able to demand access to businesses' security-camera footage if it is obtained by state or local authorities and becomes a public record. Holmes said he's not recommending any changes for now, especially since the Department of Justice has decided to take a hands-off approach to Washington's voter-approved legalization.
The committee didn't take any action. They also discussed but held off taking any action on the question of whether driver's license numbers and other personal information should be censored in public records.