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 his home and place of employment. And while he’s taking major precautions, he’s even more worried about the people buying his product.
His business: marijuana production and processing, one of Washington’s first to be licensed since the state legalized cannabis for recreational use.
His worry: the continued federal prohibition of marijuana, which prevents banks from offering any legal financial services to state-licensed cannabis businesses.