San Francisco area cannabis businesses were warned to take cautionary measures during planned protests over the July 4th weekend.

Protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd have largely been peaceful across the nation, especially in recent weeks. However, many businesses have been burglarized and looted during the mass confusion during protests in major cities.

Since cannabis is a mostly cash business, a shop full of cash and weed probably looks pretty good to looters. Marijuana Business Dailyreports that many cannabis shops ranging “from shops owned by large multistate operators to tiny independent social equity companies in California” will be dealing with the loss of goods and property damage from looting for months to come.

An emailfrom the San Francisco Office of Cannabis informed area cannabis businesses that protests were planned for the July 4 weekend and asked them to “Please be aware that past protests had caused a strain on police resources which is why it is important to take necessary precautions. In light of recent events, the OOC seeks to provide preventive guidance and highlight an opportunity for regulatory relief.”

In other words, the office says it may not be able to help weed businesses directly, but it will ease a few laws to make it easier to protect themselves, as well as lending some tips for covering their own asses while the cops are out doing other stuff.

For example, the city will temporarily allow licensed cannabis businesses to move their goods to another location not included in their license. They will also permit weed businesses a 60 day deferral on their license fees. The email also says businesses can call 911 “if necessary,” which is nice of them.

The list of SF tips and tricks includes the following :

  • Section 5038 of the BCC’s Disaster Relief authority has been triggered to allow a licensee to move their cannabis goods to another location immediately to prevent theft during a disaster.  Please refer to the regulation for additional details and requirements for compliance.
  • Reinforce your premises to guard against intrusions including boarding up points-of-entry.
  • Engage your security service provider to determine additional deterrence measures.
  • Ensure video recordings and photographs are properly archived onsite and offsite to assist in investigations.
  • Preserve evidence for police collection.
  • Ensure your phone is on, charged, and easily accessible at all times should law enforcement or security services need to contact you.
  • Avoid confrontation with potential intruders and call 911 if necessary.

Photo via Flickr/WeedPornDaily

Natalie