While medical marijuana is legal in Los Angeles pursuant to state law, and the use and sale of recreational marijuana is going to be legalized in 2018, it is still illegal as it a Schedule One controlled substance on the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (USCSA). This means that a marijuana industry business owner cannot have a bank account for his or her business. This results in business owners having little choice but to store large amounts of cash on hand at all times and that makes them targets for robbery. This is addition to the large amounts of marijuana on hand that is also a target for robbery.
According to a recent news article from NBC 4 News, a dispensary in North Hollywood was robbed in what police have described as a takeover robbery. The alleged offense involved four suspects, two male and two females who rushed into the Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary with various firearms and took large amounts of cash and marijuana. During the robbery, the suspects attempted to destroy the security cameras, but it appears that some footage was captured prior to that. A worker at the dispensary allegedly recognized one of the suspects as a regular patient at the dispensary. When the police were called, they stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, but it was not the correct car. Continue reading