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Denver Police Uncover Marijuana Robbery Heist

Police post up at a dispensary in Colorado after they recieved a tip-off that a heist was going to take place across dispensaries in Denver.

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Denver Police Uncover Marijuana Robbery Heist

Earlier this month, Denver police alerted the media of a plot to rob marijuana transporters across the metro area. According to the police, they received “credible information” that couriers, typically transporting product between the grow house or edible kitchen and the dispensary may be robbed. Although details of the heist were not released, dispensaries in the area were notified and asked to take extra precaution.

Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are believed to be a big target for robbers. Currently, there is no banking system in place for dispensaries to deposit the money they earn. Although the state just approved a co-op banking option for marijuana centers and the Obama administration has requested banks begin accepting money from these companies, large financial institutions remain wary and are waiting to propose change until federal regulations on marijuana evolve.

Many cannabis dispensaries are taking extra precautions to avoid sending an invitation to thieves. Cameras, safes and alarm systems in dispensaries are mandated by the state. Automatic-locking double steel doors are common in dispensaries, as is bullet proof glass between the customer and front desk associate. Many centers take it a step further by hiring newly-created marijuana security companies that specialize in the protection of centers and cannabis couriers.

What do you think? Should the federal government resolve the banking problems associated with legal cannabis sales? Tell us in the comments below.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Shane

    June 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I’m an ex certified sgt. CO. How do u go about the security job?

  2. Cindy

    June 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    The federal government should allow the dispensaries to do the banking that they need to do with no problems. Since it is legal in Colorado what difference is the money from the variety store down the street. There should be no need to hire private guards to watch over the money. This is not the Wild West!

  3. natefarris

    June 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    what you said

  4. Rebecca

    June 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

    They should have 24/7 armed security and yes the feds should

  5. thomas wildes

    June 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

    …does not really matter as the banks are not dumb enough to fall for this ploy. Do you all realize that the gooberment is just putting on a dog and pony show and that as it (the gooberment) stands now they will never succumb to the will of the people, the enjoy their power and riches way too much. Personally, i can think of only one option to address this situation.

    • Patzeig green

      June 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      That is exactly right thomas wilde 🙂 legalize world wide.

  6. thomas wildes

    June 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

    obama requesting that banks take the money is a back handed way for the feds to come in later and confiscate any funds pertaining to the grass because NO change in fed laws have been passed and are very likely not to be as long as the feds can make monies off of the illegalities of said product. Basically, the gooberment are still a pack of lying thieves.

  7. jerry stowers

    June 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

    legalize it nation wide ,and have no problem

  8. Reginald Duncan

    June 17, 2014 at 4:24 am

    They should legalize it. Cigarettes & alcohol are legal. What’s the difference, getting loff work going to a bar driving home & kill someone or smoking a blunt or 2. Having the munchies & going to sleep.

  9. Shawn

    June 17, 2014 at 2:26 am

    They need help setting up their banking.. to make it safer . I am a licensed medical user and it’s hard to get the proper meds . Maybe the police station should become the dispenser , any illegal weed busts the cops should give a low cost the license holders ..

  10. Steven Kellerman

    June 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Why I don’t know it takes so long for authorities to come to their senses. You would think that Banks would be acceptable by now, especially in Colorado. Cash is just cash what’s the big deal! Watch a dispensary will get held up someone will get shot then the gov’t will wake up and make the change!

  11. Dorian

    June 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Yes for sure banks should accept the deposits. Of course the money is considered to be money from “drugs” but what about all of the pharmaceutical money the bank accepts?

  12. Thom Stewart

    June 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Colorado should do more than pass some lame ass law. The feds need help just finding it’s own ass! Set up their own state bank to deal with the money

  13. Peter j Carawlanis

    June 16, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I believe totaly on the banks taking charge of helping the finsncial part go smoother PJC

  14. Jim Gorman

    June 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Yes Open the banks and make it safer for then to do business.

  15. Kathryn Curry

    June 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I haven’t seen any truoble at my dispo……..and there’s no special security….I think maybe they’re blowing this way out of proportion…..

  16. richard perkinson

    June 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    No the government should legalize it everywhere and then there would be no need to steal it. And yes the banks should treat them as any other legal business and hhold their profits.

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