The report reveals that San Francisco dispensaries are being hit hard during the protests and it is becoming increasingly obvious it isn’t looters but rather organised criminal gangs taking advantage of the current chaos.
MJ Biz write…
Several business owners told Marijuana Business Daily they believe the damage was done by professional criminals rather than the protesters themselves.
According to media reports and social media chatter, dozens of cannabis shops in California, Illinois and Oregon were damaged or looted since the protests began Friday night in response to Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Some of the cannabis retailers reportedly looted in California included Blum, Cookies, Harborside and MedMen, with San Francisco Bay Area shops being particularly hard-hit.“Every dispensary in Chicago is closed indefinitely” to prevent further looting and to allow the businesses to clean up, the Chicago Tribune reported.
It’s not yet clear whether insurance will cover the losses – likely in the tens of thousands of dollars, if not more – sustained by cannabis retailers.
The Farmacy Berkeley, which opened for business in early 2020, was broken into three times over the weekend, owner Sue Taylor said.
“They were armed robbers,” she said, recounting that several cars pulled up outside her shop after midnight Saturday.
According to Taylor, the vehicles carried roughly 30 individuals who overwhelmed her security guards and broke into the shop.
Police arrived only minutes later, however, and prevented further losses, she said.
“They busted through the front door and did a grab-and-snatch. They took five, six minutes, and the police were there within six minutes,” Taylor said.
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