Dispensary Robbery Leads to Security Questions

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Unlocked doors. Unguarded entryways. Product in front. Those were the conditions at Turtles Medical Marijuana when three armed men walked in and stole more than $2,000 dollars worth of marijuana from the store Saturday evening.

But just across the street, there's a dispensary with a different approach to security.

"We want to be looked at the same as a bank, pharmacy that gets robbed," said Ryan Basore of Capital City Caregivers.

Capital City Caregivers has been around since May, but hasn't run into any security problems. There's a reason for that. Capital City has a wide array of security cameras, a person keeping an eye on those cameras during business hours, coded doors, medicine and money safely locked in the back, panic buttons and a locked front door.

Another difference between the two dispensaries are hours. Turtles is the only dispensary in the city that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Capital City, on the other hand is open from 12 - 7 Monday thru Saturday.

"We don't like late hours," said Basore. "We don't feel safe being around here and neither do our patients."

Overall basore says it's time for other dispensaries to step up security.

"We're operating a legal business with no regulations and no direction," said Basore. "We want some guidelines. We want some rules and we want some help from the politicians."

Employees at Turtles told WILX that they are increasing security, adding a guard and a lock to the front door. Nobody with Turtles was willing to comment on the robbery.

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