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Peace Piper
08-25-2013, 07:43 PM
U.S. heat on armored car firms to drop pot clubs?
Bob Egelko Published 4:40 pm, Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Obama administration has pressured landlords, banks and credit card companies to cut off services to medical marijuana dispensaries. Now the administration may have found a new target: armored car companies that carry cash for the pot clubs.


The executive director of Oakland's huge Harborside Health Center (http://www.sfgate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=nation&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Harborside+Health+Center%22), already fighting a federal eviction suit, has used armored cars to pay tax collectors and other creditors because he can no longer use checks or credit cards. On Wednesday, he said, the armored car company told him it was terminating service on the orders of an unnamed federal agency.

The National Cannabis Industry Association said the same thing happened to several dispensaries in Colorado within the past month, under pressure from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Colorado and California are among 18 states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana...


Threat of action

He said dispensary operators have reported that the DEA has warned armored car companies it would take legal action, with the implied threat of prosecution for criminal conspiracy, if they continued to transport funds for marijuana suppliers.

Steve D'Angelo, executive director of Harborside, the nation's largest medical marijuana dispensary, said his armored car provider told him only that "they had been contacted by a federal agency and had been told they should no longer provide service to us."

He said he knows of one other Bay Area dispensary that had a similar experience, and believes it's happening throughout California.

"It's a potentially crippling tactic, and of course that's why they're doing it," D'Angelo said. He said Harborside is "scrambling" to find other ways to deliver cash to major creditors.

There was no comment from the transportation company, Dunbar Armored...


Opening a new front

Armored cars represent a new front in the campaign against pot dispensaries by an administration that, after taking office in 2009, said it would defer to states' laws on medical marijuana.

Citing statements by federal regulators, many banks and credit card companies have stopped doing business with dispensaries. The Internal Revenue Service has told some dispensaries, including Harborside, that they can no longer deduct employee pay and operating costs from their taxable income.

Several hundred California dispensaries have closed after federal prosecutors told their landlords, starting in October 2011, to evict them or face loss of their property. Harborside, backed by the city of Oakland, is contesting eviction and could go to trial next year....MORE

Washington and Colorado better get to work straight away on figuring out how the stores are going to function without banks. When will the Feds stop getting the benefit of the doubt and start being treated like they mean business? After the next set of Dispensaries get landlord notices?

08-25-2013, 11:16 PM
Credit Union, maybe . Then money orders ?

08-25-2013, 11:35 PM
Hire vets to escort the money, start a bank.

08-25-2013, 11:50 PM
Hire vets to escort the money, start a bank.

THIS! After the Air Force, I had my start as armed security for a shopping center before I went into law enforcement.