Like any other business, the owners of
In the ultimate case of NIMBY – not in my back yard – purveyors of
Break-Ins Can Occur Anywhere
In two recent incidents the motivation remained the same – obtaining marijuana. A dispensary in Colorado Springs has had its dumpster stolen several times in recent days. Thieves used bolt cutters to open the trash receptacle hoping to find marijuana debris. Trash has been left on neighboring trails and in parks.
In Langley, BC a man who grew
Legitimate Business Services Would Help Entrepreneurs
While there isn’t much that banks or merchant account providers could do for domestic growers, for dispensaries, obtaining the same scale of business services available to other companies would help reduce the attraction of such storefronts to burglars and petty thieves. Aside from the attraction of marijuana on the premises, it is often the availability of so much untraceable cash that makes MMJ dispensaries so appealing.
Owners have found that when they are able to process transactions by credit card, clients prefer to pay that way. With little cash on hand, vulnerability of a location decreases dramatically.
The problems behind getting such services lay in the fact that while some state governments have legalized the sale of
What Does the Future Hold?
There is really no way to anticipate how the fight to fully legalize marijuana will go. Some cities which already approved the sale of MMJ are trying to backtrack; others are striving to improve service and availability. The best example of such a situation historically is the re-legalization of alcohol after prohibition. Crimes surrounding the sale decreased dramatically.
Considering the potential tax base, it isn’t hard to see why both the federal and state governments would be interested in completely legalizing MMJ. For business owners, that would signal the availability of all needed business services, a very welcome change.