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Kyle Kazan, a former
patrol officer, puts security
knowledge to use as CEO
of California-based Glass
House Brands.
Photo by Laurel Hungerford
" Make sure that through your SOPs
and through training-and through
either in-house or third-party security
that you're going to provide-that you
won't be a drain on that community, "
he said.
FEARS EASE OVER TIME
Gallo noted that what a police
department wants to see from a
cannabis store often depends on
whether the store is in a new or mature
market-and whether the police
department is familiar with legal
marijuana markets.
" Police departments in mature
markets that are used to cannabis
just don't want to have to incur any
additional costs because of problems
that could arise at a cannabis facility, "
Gallo said. " Police who are familiar
with the industry want to understand,
'What are you going to do to prevent
diversion in my town?'
" On the other hand, we get a lot of
towns that have never been involved
in cannabis before, and we have to
educate them, " Gallo added.
Whether a market is new or old,
marijuana executives should also know
that if they have multiple facilities,
each one will need its own unique
security plan.
" It's always good to have a plan
at each operation and look at them
individually, " said Kyle Kazan, a
former patrol officer with the Torrance
(California) Police Department
who turned marijuana legalization
advocate and founder and CEO of Glass
House Brands, a vertically integrated
marijuana business in the state.
Observers also highlighted that while
some security costs have come down
over the years-such as prices for cameras
and alarm systems-new markets
tend to have more security requirements
than mature ones, meaning that
businesses will initially spend more
money than expected on security.
Those costs can decrease over time,
however, as police and regulators learn
what is necessary to protect cannabis
businesses.
Will there be a day when cannabis
businesses won't need as much security
as they do currently?
" Absolutely, " Kazan said, " because in
the future, it's going to normalize like
any other product out there. "
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