Bankers Hill Dispensary Robbed

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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A medical marijuana dispensary in Bankers Hill was robbed in the early morning hours of July 24. Police say a witness saw two men trying to pry the door open and called authorities. It’s not known if they got inside or if anything was taken.


Medical marijuana dispensaries are at greater risk of robbery and theft than most businesses because marijuana is still classified as a schedule 1 drug by the FDA. This means it’s a controlled substance, and as such, banks cannot do business with dispensary owners under rules set up by the Federal Trade Commission.


President Obama did set out guidelines for banks and creditors to be able to work with dispensaries without penalty, but so far no big banks are taking the chance that they may be prosecuted. Even some armored car companies began refusing to work with businesses in fall 2013 when the DEA said it would start cracking down on any companies in business with dispensary operations.


With no banking system to rely on and no safe way to transport money, dispensary owners and employees are always at risk for theft and robbery. Some dispensaries have diffused the threat by setting up delivery services, which eliminate the risk of having all product and cash stored in a central location.


The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


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