Dispensary Robberies in Denver Hit a 3-Year High in 2019

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Thieves
hit
Denver
dispensaries
and
cultivation
sites
at
the
highest
rate
in
three
years
over
the
course
of
2019,
leaving
Mile
High
pot
shops
and
pot
producers
worried
about
what
the
new
decade
has
in
store.



According
to
the



Denver
Post
,
dispensaries
within
city
limits
alone
called
the
cops
to
report
five
armed
robberies
and
122
burglaries
last
year,
up
from
120
burglaries
and
just
one
robbery
in
2018.
The
year-long
trend
was
capped
by
a
rash
of
robberies
in
December
that
police
believe
were
the
work
of
one
organized
team
of
thieves.

And
while
most
cannabis
users
might
imagine
a
few
opportunistic
stoners
robbing
a
dispensary
to
secure
an
unlimited
stash,
Denver
cops
and
pot
shop
owners
say
that
the
thefts
have
been
all
about
the
Benjamins,
and
not
the
bud. 

“With
all
the
stories
that
have
been
published
about
reaching
certain
tax
collection
milestones

you
hear
about
a
billion
dollars
collected

there’s
this
misconception
that
there
will
be
piles
of
money
at
these
places
if
they
come
in,”
John
Goutell,
general
counsel
for
Frosted
Leaf,
a
Denver
dispensary
that
has
experienced
eight
break-ins
over
the
past
six
years,


told
the



Post
.

Until
federal
regulations
are
shifted
to
finally
allow
state-legal
dispensaries
to
do
business
with
major
banking
institutions,
local
industry
insiders
are
skeptical
that
the
robberies
will
slow
down.

Outside
of
Colorado,
states
across
the
legal
weed
landscape
have
seen
their
own


fair
share
of
dispensary
and
cultivation
facility
robberies

over
the
past
few
years,
with
many


focused
on
cash
more
than
grass
.

“We
probably
won’t
see
any
relief
in
these
kinds
of
robberies
until
these
businesses
aren’t
forced
to
deal
only
in
cash,”
Goutell


said
.


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