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What Law Enforcement Wants You to Know
Inside the Minds of Police
Addressing three issues builds bridges between law enforcement,
regulators and marijuana business owners
By Omar Sacirbey
A
state's cannabis regulations
can run hundreds of pages
and contain even more rules.
But the regulators who create these
rules and law enforcement officials
who enforce them care the most about
three things:
* Preventing diversion to the illicit
market.
* The physical security of cannabis
operations.
* A potential drain on law
enforcement and community
resources.
To stay compliant and maintain
good relations with regulators and law
enforcement, cannabis businesses'
security efforts should revolve around
these three goals.
" In terms of diversion, they want to
make sure that you have established
standard operating procedures and
processes that will prevent anything
from happening internally, " said
Anthony Vanderhorst, the security
director at Florida-based multistate
operator Jushi Holdings. " From the
physical security standpoint, the
focus is really to stop external things
from happening. When you put
those two together, you really get that
comprehensive plan. "
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Physical security regulations have to do
with access-control systems, alarms,
cameras and similar measures.
" The city's biggest concern is they
don't want to have to deal with any
losses that are going to occur from
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Cannabis entrepreneurs want to protect their operations from robberies
and employees whose rule-breaking actions could jeopardize their business
licenses. In the following pages, law enforcement and cannabis security
experts offer readers a peek into the minds of police and regulators, sharing
what they want from marijuana businesses. Their revelations include:
* Diversion of products to the illicit market is the biggest worry that police and
regulators have about state-legal marijuana businesses.
* Police-especially those in newly legalized markets-fear that marijuana
businesses will drain their resources, leaving other parts of their
communities vulnerable to crime.
* Marijuana diversion most commonly happens from within a business, but
external threats are also common.
* Most police departments will send officers to a cannabis business to offer
advice about their security setup.
* The cost of implementing comprehensive security measures varies based
on size of the operation, but solid security technology is more common and
more affordable than it used to be.
you. ... They're looking for a prevention
program, " said Tony Gallo, CEO
of the Texas-based Sapphire Risk
Advisory Group, a consulting firm specializing
in cannabis security. " If you
have an employee that's stealing cash
from you, it's not going to bother (the
police). ... But if someone's handing
out cannabis to their friends, that's a
different story. "
In addition to insisting that cannabis
businesses guard against internal
vulnerabilities that could lead to
diversion-such as an employee stealing
product and then selling it-and
preventing external threats such as
robberies, local police officials want
marijuana operators to be mindful of
straining municipal resources.
" They don't want to respond to a
robbery, they don't want to catch a
robber, they don't want to respond to
someone breaking into your store, "
Gallo said.
Many local government and police
officials believe crime will increase
when marijuana becomes legal in their
area. They worry a marijuana retailer
will call police frequently to report both
legitimate and false alarms, leaving
other areas unprotected by police and
vulnerable to criminals.
To allay those fears, Vanderhorst
recommends that plant-touching
companies have comprehensive
standard operating procedures (SOPs)
related to security, including how to
address potential threats as they arise.

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