When New Vansterdam opened in the Vancouver Heights neighborhood, nearby residents were concerned there would be an increase in crime. To quell people's fears and protect the cash and products, the store owners upped security.
When recreational marijuana was legalized, Washington entered the unknown, triggering questions — and predictions — about what might happen. Would drug dealers hang around the pot shops? Would it bring riffraff into the neighborhood and make shops easy crime targets? Would people abuse the drug? Or smoke and drive, putting others in harm's way?