I-Team: Lawmaker gives ideas on warding off crime at dispensaries

LAS VEGAS - State lawmaker Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, is proposing a solution to the rash of burglaries that have been popping up at marijuana dispensaries across the valley.

Recreational marijuana has been legally sold in the Las Vegas valley since July 1, started being sold legally in Nevada, but the I-Team learned burglars have been targeting many of the new businesses since June.

According to an I-Team source, there have been nearly a dozen break-ins at dispensaries across the valley.  Most recently, the I-Team learned Jenny's Dispensary in North Las Vegas was burglarized.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what to do," said Sen. Segerblom.  "It's just you know everybody is learning the hard way, but once you get hit just like at your house, you're going to take precautionary steps."

In addition to marijuana dispensaries increasing security, Sen. Segerblom says there's another solution.

"A lot of the local jurisdictions wouldn't allow them to be open 24 hours a day, but if they do, that would probably prevent some of this," Segerblom said.  "Also the police can be a little more vigilant in the meantime around those areas during the night."

Zen Leaf Dispensary in the southwest which was hit by burglars last week says it plans to have an armed security guard at the business around the clock to combat crime.

"I do believe that security is becoming a lot more necessary than it has been in the past," said Danielle Stoker, Zen Leaf Dispensary.

When the I-Team first broke revealed the information about the rash of break ins on Friday, State Assemblyman Elliot Anderson tweeted, it's "probably necessary for Nevada legislators to put an around the clock security requirement considering all the cash present and recent break-ins."

By May, before recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada, there were already 60 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

According to state law, police have access to surveillance videos inside dispensaries.  When he was asked about police resources used to investigate these crimes, Senator Segerblom says some tax dollars from marijuana sales contribute to police funding.
 


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