Legal Cannabis Retailers and Growers Prohibited from Keeping Firearms for Protection

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Ganjapreneur recently interviewed Noah Stokes of CannaGuard Security about the security challenges and unfortunate regulatory restrictions that faced by legal cannabis retailers and growers.

Noah Stokes

Noah Stokes

Having a retired police officer have a concealed-carry to protect himself in an all-cash marijuana business — that probably makes a little bit of sense.

Noah Stokes, founder and CEO of CannaGuard Security, recently appeared on the Ganjapreneur.com podcast to discuss security difficulties facing the cannabis industry.

CannaGuard Security is a Portland, OR-based cannabis industry security company that serves marijuana businesses nationwide. From storefronts to grow ops, CannaGuard helps companies meet and understand the standards put in place by state regulators, and offers contingencies and preventative measures as safeguards against theft and robberies.

Noah joined Ganjapreneur podcast host Shango Los to discuss some of the most common requests his company receives, major flaws in the logic used by regulators when defining mandated security protocols, and how cannabis retailers and producers can best prepare for worst case scenarios.

Stokes explains how one of the biggest regulatory flaws facing the cannabis industry is that — according to the Cole Memo, issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice — there are no firearms permitted on the premises of legal marijuana businesses. "Their intent... was to keep the cartels from having a table full of gold AK-47s," Noah said. "I get that, but having a retired police officer have a concealed-carry to protect himself in an all-cash marijuana business — that probably makes a little bit of sense."

The full podcast episode is available via iTunes or Ganjapreneur.com, where there are transcripts available of this and previous episodes.

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