Marijuana Growing Operations Map Accidentally Posted

City Of Boulder Posted Map On Website

State law requires that the locations of medical marijuana growing operations be kept confidential.

But one map showing the general location of 117 dispensary and growing operations and another showing the specific addresses of two growing operations were posted on the city of Boulder’s website this week.

The city is apologizing for the second map and is trying to figure out how it made it onto the website.

“The (first) map was part of an agenda packet for city council members,” said Boulder Communications Coordinator Sarah Huntley. “We routinely put all the material that we make available to council members on our website so that our community can respond in a meaningful way.”

Huntley said the first map was not specific.

“It has pinpointed little dots. At no point can you drill down on that map to get to a specific location,” she said.

Huntley said the second map did include the addresses of two specific growing operations.

“That was a mistake,” she said. “We apologize for that.”

Both maps have been taken down.

Huntley said it will be up to the city attorney to determine whether the first map is re-posted.

Some in the medical marijuana community told 7NEWS that neither map should have been posted. Others said it was no big deal.

“There’s not a huge fear in my mind of any type of theft, because we have multiple layers of security,” said Dustin Shroyer, owner of Root Organic MMC. “We support the city and their decisions, for the most part, and we realize it’s a new industry and some mistakes will be made.”

“The maps should never have been posted,” said Laura Kriho, director of the Cannabis Therapy Institute in Boulder.

Kriho said she understands that nearby property owners want to know where growing operations are located, but she said the marijuana is being grown for specific patients. She said that’s the overriding privacy issue.

“That information should be protected by the Health Department under the constitution,” Kriho said. “The city of Boulder shouldn’t have that information. The state of Colorado shouldn’t have that information. Law enforcement shouldn’t have that information.”

Huntley said Boulder's medical marijuana ordinance, which did not make growing locations confidential, took effect before the state law, which does mandate confidentiality.

She said the city is still trying to figure out how the second map made it online.