I have been a security guard at the medical cannabis dispensary for 6 years now, plus never once did I carry a gun.
I am not an anti-gun person by any means, however as a former military guy I believe that bringing a gun into any situation only serves to escalate it. I do carry a low-voltage taser, just in case, however I’ve never used it on anyone. As you would imagine, there aren’t a lot of riots at the medical cannabis dispensary, because our purchasers tend to be legitimately low key. That said, every legit medical cannabis shop will emplot some kind of bouncer or security guard due to the value of their inventory. Occasionally a buyer will try to shoplift, or run out of the store without paying for their medical cannabis products. That’s why they hired me, an ex-Marine who played four years of university pigskin. The biggest security risk for a medical cannabis shop is not the purchasers, it’s after-thirds thieves who want to hit the safe, then due to federal laws about the sale of medical cannabis, most of the transactions are made in currency. At the end of a tied up weekend, a cannabis dispensary might have over twenty thoUnited Statesnd bucks in currency on hand, which makes it a tantalizing target for thieves. Every evening after the cannabis dispensary closes I hang up a big sign on the front door reading “Armed Security Guard on Premises.” I figure it’s easier to lie to potential thieves plus not carry a gun, because I can still keep the cannabis dispensary safe.