With medical marijuana dispensaries spreading throughout Western Washington - and the fate of a bill to regulate them in doubt - more and more of the pot outlets are being targeted by thieves. Many of these thieves are being arrested and investigated, and a few have been represented by the Seattle Criminal Lawyers of SQ Attorneys.
But at least one new dispensary has spent tens of thousands of dollars to make sure the staff and patients are safe at all times. The result is something that resembles a bank more than a store.
With cameras in one corner, an 1,800-pound safe in another and a layer of bullet-proof glass between patients and staffers who dispense the drug - it's a marijuana fortress. The Seattle Criminal Attorneys would recommend all dispensary's to also take such measures in protecting their business.
Security measures include a safe room with bullet-proof pass-through boxes to hand over pot. The heightened security is something that dispensary's learned from incidents like the one in which two men attacked a worker at a Fremont dispensary about five months ago.
In that incident, the suspects climbed through an opening between the office and the lobby, raided the safe, and beat up a worker. Double bars on the skylight are being placed, to make sure no one could get through. They've also installed motion detectors and more. The dispensary even added an extra level of security by sharing a parking lot with a nearby bank.
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