“Businesses in Oakland are under attack”
Once considered America’s cannabis capital, Oakland is in danger of losing that title in 2022. Legal weed companies, beset by unrelenting waves of crime and a hands-off approach by City Hall, are running out of patience. Some have already left the city. Others are thinking of departing. Some who once considered locating in Oakland have decided against it.
In recent months, dozens of cannabis businesses across California have reported burglaries or attempted burglaries. Growers and distributors in San Francisco’s Bayview district suffered at least six burglaries or attempted burglaries in October. Sacramento-area licensees reported more than 15 burglaries or attempted burglaries into November.
But Oakland operators appear to be bearing the brunt of it—with at least 25 burglary reports in a two-week period in November, and losses from a Thanksgiving break crime wave reportedly reaching about $5 million.
On the steps of Oakland City Hall Nov. 29, Oakland licensees demanded better policing, and tax relief in order to recover and upgrade their security equipment.
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