Canadian Provincial Government Taps Spire Secure Logistics

The Company will be working with the provincial government to implement program system protocols for both retail and online sales of cannabis, focusing on the prevention of organized crime infiltration and black market diversion.

CANADA: Vancouver-based Friday Night Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Spire Secure Logistics, is providing strategic advice and expertise to a Canadian provincial government for the design and implementation of security programs and infrastructure for the legal distribution and sale of cannabis. Spire is a leading provider of security consultation for the legal cannabis industry Read the full article…

Friday Night Inc Acquires Spire Secure Logistic

merger and acqusition

CANADA: Friday Night Inc. has acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary Spire Secure Logistics Inc. (“Spire”), a Canadian private company specializing in security, intelligence, and compliance with international clients and expertise in both the regulated cannabis industry and other sectors. Friday Night agreed to acquire 100% of Spire by the issuance of 7,142,857 common shares at a Read the full article…

Organized Crime Remains Interested In Cannabis Even After Legalization

Only a few die-hard prohibitionists believe that marijuana legalization reduces the overall social harm of the drug, but those who believe that organized crime has lost interest in pot are just as wrong.

By Andrew Richards One of the arguments for legalizing marijuana is that it takes a source of revenue away from organized crime. However, that is not entirely accurate. Legalization and control of cannabis reduces the mob’s take home pay, but it doesn’t eliminate it completely. The economics of black markets simply makes it too attractive. Read the full article…

Four Tips When Handling Your Marijuana Business’ Money

cannabis businesses need cash management solutions

By Doug Cunningham Despite the widespread use of PayPal, Internet banking and credit cards, the use of cash is as widely used as ever. It is passed around the United States from hand-to-hand every day, leaving many businesses vulnerable to exploitation at the hands of counterfeit bills. But there are a number of ways of Read the full article…

The Opening Bell Sounds For The Oregon Marijuana Market

The Cannabis Creative Conference was new and different and the estimated attendance was twice what was expected.

By Tony Gallo OREGON:  On July 1, Oregon became the fourth state to legalize marijuana use, enabling adults to legally possess and grow limited amounts of cannabis for personal use. (Recreational sales begin October 1.) With the legalization, and even before, the industry in Oregon was ramping up to grow, and in the spirit of Read the full article…

Blue Line Protection Group Hosts Free Security And Compliance Seminar For Illinois Medical Marijuana Industry

e free medical marijuana seminar takes place on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center at 1850 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park, Illinois.

ILLINOIS: Blue Line Protection Group is hosting a free seminar to cannabis dispensaries, cultivation facilities, and other vendors and service providers to provide information about Illinois’ new medical marijuana industry. The free medical marijuana seminar takes place on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center at 1850 Read the full article…

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Marijuana growing security asks: What about gangs, cartels, kids with guns, dishonest employees?

WASHINGTON:  Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence. Should they be? Pot farmer Susy Wilson doesn’t like keys and locks much. Wilson’s farm is in the Columbia Gorge. She’s not too security driven in her Read the full article…

Washington Marijuana Entrepreneurs Fear Potentially Violent Consequences Of An All-Cash Industry

He’s planning to use lockboxes and a variety other methods to store his money, which he will keep away from his home and place of employment. And while he's taking major precautions, he’s even more worried about the people buying his product.

WASHINGTON: Brian Stroh is not taking any chances. Aware of the inherent risks associated with his line of work, Stroh pays monthly for armed security guards to assist him in guarded revenue transport and facility supervision. He’s planning to use lockboxes and a variety other methods to store his money, which he will keep away from Read the full article…

Shunned By Banks, Colorado Pot Retailers Beef Up Security To Protect Cash

At the pot store called The Health Center, director of operations Tiffany Goldman is nervous. "Security is probably the most important thing that we have to think about in this industry," Goldman said.

COLORADO:  In Colorado, sales of recreational pot have been legal for nearly two months, but federal law still brings a major obstacle: Banks won’t take the money. Marijuana retailers are going to great lengths to keep their cash safe. As marijuana green makes a lot of that other green, it can be both good news Read the full article…