Marijuana security expert: This industry has so many unique concerns

In this photograph made on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, a security guard walks at Tikkun Olam medical cannabis farm, near the northern Israeli city of Safed, Israel. Marijuana is illegal in Israel but medical use has been permitted since the early nineties for cancer patients and those with pain-related illnesses such as Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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As with anything of value — be it diamonds or marijuana — security is a necessity, says Derek Porter, chief executive officer of Denver-based Security Grade Protective Services.

Providing security for businesses in the cannabis industry, however, takes some different approaches than for other sectors, he says.

“This is a product that has a significant black market to it where it could be sold very easily if taken,” Porter says.

Porter joins The Cannabist Show and editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca to discuss some of the more unique aspects of running a security business that caters to the cannabis industry.

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