Medical Marijuana Patients are Target For Burglaries

There’s a growing trend in Kennewick crime: home invasion robberies of medical marijuana patients. There are an estimated 100,000 medical marijuana patients in Washington and many of them grow their medicine themselves. Because of that, they’re often targeted by thieves.

Since medical marijuana was legalized in 2008, more patients are reporting their pot’s been stolen. Legally, patients or their service providers (the people who grow for patients who can’t) aren’t allowed to sell the product, trade it or even give it away. But police said they know that happens anyway. The problem is, criminals know that, too.

“These people become victims, become targets of crimes themselves because why spend the time growing it when you can break into somebody’s house and steal it,” said Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin.

Under state law, medical marijuana patients can have up to 15 plants and up to 24 ounces of ‘useable’ cannabis. At Hippies, owner Tim Adams said lots of his customers are patients.

“I think it’s sad that the medical marijuana patients are targeted because they are ill and they’re growing for a reason,” Adams said.

– Read the entire article at KNDU TV.



  1. gutrod on

    It is less risk to get busted for a burglary than getting caught in a patch of your own. Less work too.
    Marijuana as a commodity is right up there with gold which has a long history of being stolen. Rome was built on the backs of slaves and stolen gold.

  2. Anonymous UK on

    Most growers (even if fully legal) are not keen on involving the police for any reason. They may be in full compliance but fear the police may find something wrong. Add to this the fact that some may be tempted to sell a little of their surplus and the criminals have a way of finding them.
    Whoever you are, wherever you are in the world you cannot tell people about a grow because you are advertising that you have valuables that are easily stolen then disposed of by the thief. Cannabis is much easier than electrical goods, ornaments or jewelry because it is almost impossible to trace the stolen property. Another reason why full legalisation is needed.
    Until then I suggest people keep their mouths shut – no one needs to know. If you must tell people tell them you got it from a friend but don’t give names. The very last thing you should have is pride in your wonderful crop and never take credit for what you have grown.