NorCal city offers security rebates to protect weed businesses

More than 250 cannabis businesses are located in the city of Sacramento. As new ones continue to emerge, the city’s Office of Cannabis Management is giving rebates of up to $4,000 to 250 cannabis businesses to help boost security amid growing concerns. “I cannot stress enough as an operator that you must take security seriously. It’s an expensive entity in cannabis, but it’s a lot less expensive than having your business busted and your product stolen and your money taken, and now you’re just left out,” said Maisha Bahati, who has already applied for the program discounts. Bahati is one of the few black women in the Sacramento cannabis industry. She owns Crystal Nugs, one of 58 licensed delivery dispensaries in the city, and says every crime committed against her business makes it less likely for them to stay afloat. Sacramento’s cannabis industry is booming, earning more than $800 million in 2021 based on taxes filed with the city. That’s more than three and a half times the revenue made in the first year of legalization in 2018, according to a study released by the city of Sacramento and the Office of Cannabis Management. But break-ins are becoming a problem. From 2018 to November 2021, 205 robberies and burglaries were reported to the Sacramento Police Department. The crimes were committed against various functional groups such as laboratories, stores, manufacturers, delivery and cultivation sites.”Cannabis is one of the industries whose products cannot be traced. Again, it’s money, so it’s a huge target and if you’re small business, you know, a lot of things aren’t insured,” Bahati said. Now she’s preparing to open a dispensary in Midtown. Bahati said she’s considering an investment of about $180,000 in security equipment, which she won’t skimp on given the risks of a robbery or theft against her business. As of March 2022, the cannabis industry was among the 10 largest employment sectors in the city of Sacramento, with approximately 8,000 workers. As of July 2021, District 6 had the most manufacturing-related businesses in the city, with 104 out of 160. The county also has more than half of all delivery businesses. District 4 in Midtown Sacramento has the most storefront dispensaries. Business owners interested in applying for them, m they can do it here. The rebate program will remain open until all funds are distributed. Funding for these discounts is provided through the Department of Cannabis Control’s Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant to help keep Sacramento businesses safe.

More than 250 cannabis businesses are located in the city of Sacramento. As new ones keep popping up, the city’s Office of Cannabis Management is giving away rebates of up to $4,000 to 250 cannabis businesses to help boost security amid growing concerns.

“I cannot stress enough as an operator that you must take security seriously. It’s an expensive entity in cannabis, but it’s a lot less expensive than having your business busted and your product stolen and your money taken, and now you’re just left out,” said Maisha Bahati, who has already applied for the program discounts.

Bahati is one of the few black women in the Sacramento cannabis industry.

She owns Crystal Nugs, one of 58 licensed delivery dispensaries in the city, and says every crime committed against their business makes them less likely to stay afloat.

Sacramento’s cannabis industry is booming, earning more than $800 million in 2021 based on taxes filed with the city. That’s more than three and a half times the revenue made in the first year of legalization in 2018, according to a study released by the city of Sacramento and the Office of Cannabis Management.

But break-ins are becoming a problem.

From 2018 to November 2021 205 robberies and thefts were reported to the Sacramento Police Department. The crimes were committed against various functional groups such as laboratories, stores, manufacturers, delivery and cultivation sites.

“Cannabis is one of the industries whose product cannot be traced. Again, it’s cash, so it’s a huge target, and if you’re a small business, you know, a lot of things aren’t insured,” Bahati said.

Now she’s getting ready to open a dispensary in Midtown. Bahati said she is considering an investment of about $180,000 in security equipment, which she will not skimp on given the risks of a robbery or theft against her business.

As of March 2022, the cannabis industry is among the 10 largest employment sectors in the city of Sacramento, with approximately 8,000 workers.

As of July 2021, District 6 has the most manufacturing-related businesses in the city, with 104 out of 160. The district also has more than half of all delivery businesses.

District 4 in Midtown Sacramento has the most storefront dispensaries.

Business owners who want to apply for them can do so here. The rebate program will remain open until all funds are distributed.

Funding for these discounts is provided through the Department of Cannabis Control’s Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant to help keep Sacramento businesses safe.

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