SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Authorities are investigating roughly 10 break-ins at marijuana dispensaries in the city of Sacramento in the final month and attempting to see if there is a correlation among them.
It is an challenge that is plaguing a new sector in California.
It is uncomplicated to see from the front door at Twelve Hour Care in the 6600 block of Fruitridge Road exactly where thieves broke in at the finish of final week. Management says they stole, “everything they can get their hands on, from item to money.”
Paul Clemons handles compliance and licensing for this shop and eight other individuals. He says when marijuana was legalized in California in 2018, a complete new set of guidelines and regulations kicked in surrounding safety.
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“The lengths we go via to make confident these facilities are protected are endless,” Clemons stated.
He says they have a 90-day recording that rolls 24-hours a day and a safety guard on duty through enterprise hours.
“Even so, it is challenging to beat a automobile driven via your facility. And that is what occurred at a single of the shops in Sacramento,” Clemons stated.
The Sacramento Police Division confirms there have been about 10 break-ins at dispensaries in the final month. The Sacramento Cannabis Sector Association stated areas in much more industrial regions, like Twelve Hour Care, are targeted much more usually.
“These retail areas belong in industrial corridors, they belong in buying centers, they belong downtown. They belong in Midtown. There’s lighting, there’s folks,” spokesman Robert Baca stated.
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Baca says since cannabis is nonetheless a money sector, with no access to banking, theft is a reoccurring challenge.
“It’s been a issue historically for the sector and it is a waiting game for policymakers to act on it,” stated Baca.
“It’s such a issue that everybody is going to want to go for at a particular point. If that danger and reward is terrific sufficient for them then why not? So with out banking, we’re generally going to be a target,” stated Clemons.
The Sacramento Police Division stated it has taken actions to address the challenge, such as implementing particular crime prevention measures that they wouldn’t talk about.