Cannabis store robberies prompt retailers to remove legislated window coverings

Jamal Ramadan, President and Owner of Bow Cannabis with his son Jim Ramadan, General Manager of the cannabis store in Calgary on Aug. 6, 2019. DARREN MAKOWICHUK/POSTMEDIA
A series of cannabis store robberies in Alberta has led some retailers to tear down window coverings initially erected to satisfy federal legislation.

Those visual obstructions were meant to adhere to the Cannabis Act to keep cannabis products and accessories out of the view of minors.

But retailer Nathan Mison said those window coverings compromise the safety of staff by making it easier for robbers to commit their crimes.

“We’ve made ourselves a target by making it so someone can come in, lock the door and take all the time they want robbing a store because no one can see in,” said Mison, spokesman for the Edmonton-based Fire and Flower Cannabis chain.

“Nobody should be in jeopardy at their work.”

by BILL KAUFMANN Calgary Herald
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