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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  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    I make over 100 K a yr and 50 yrs old. Never had a crime record or been convicted of anything but I smoke a lot of Dub. I contribute to charitys and volunteer. Wake up people its been a long time coming that we understand the benifits of dub. The 2 Idiots here need to go away that think it atracts criminal activity. The reason its a criminal problem is cause of peeps like you that are close minded and you both are prob drunks
  • by Kayla Location: Mason, MI on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    It's an all too common mistake to assume that Medical Marijuana is what brings crime into an area. For example, the comment left here by another reader. The real issue lies in the lack of judgment by other business owners. What type of behavior should one expect during late hours on a Saturday night? And why allow such easy access to the public? Capital City Caregivers is already ahead of the game! It's frustrating to see other Medical Marijuana based businesses make such a poor showing of this opportunity. We have the chance to show our community that we are peaceful and responsible citizens. Instead, the mistakes of unprofessional organizations are making the news.
  • by LeAnn Location: Webberville on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    So, let me get this straight......if a place is robbed, it's automatically an attractor of the criminal element and should be shut down? Wherever will we all keep our money or get our Slurpees??? Morons, it seems as if way too many of you fail to think before you get behind your keyboard to post something. Ignorance is a very dangerous thing.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Hey, guess what, ignorant and judgemental ones, the Subway in Holt was robbed this morning so I guess we'd better be shutting all the Subways down now too as it's apparent, since I hear of them robbed somewhat often, they need to be shut down due the the criminal element they apparently seem to encourage. IDIOTS!!!!!!! These people obviously did it all wrong, as the article points out a place right across the street has proper security measures and has had no trouble. I'm so utterly tired and fed up with the frickin' morons such as the two cowards who posted ignorant and rude responses and insisted on remaining "Anonymous". I, again, would list myself as "Anonymous" too if I was as ignorant, judgmental, and outright ridiculous as the first two posters obviously are. Liquor stores are robbed, restaurants are robbed, banks are robbed-the way you people talk, off the cuff and without any merit or basis for your arguments, means all of these should be banned as well. WISE UP!!!!!!!!
  • by What? on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    It does huh? Just like the snow last winter disproved global warming based upon your interpretation of the science, but the heat wave this summer was out of bounds. Your logic is circular and you are probably for all intensive purposes 'touched' aren't ya?
  • by zim Location: Lansing on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    In response to Mr " anonymous " I don't recall Lansing being crime free before medicinal marijuana. Any business that doesn't protect it's self is a target. Just this weekend while up north the Ponderosa resturant was robbed at gun point. Crime happens and it doesn't matter what kind of business it is, only catching the criminal and fixing what could have prevented it from happening in the first place.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    I have been waiting for this story, and actually it took them longer than I thought to rob a Marijauna dispensery. I gave it 2 weeks tops.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    Increase crime occurs when these type of business move into an area.
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