Tacoma Cannabis Dispensary Now Offering Cash-Free Payment Option

Tacoma Cannabis Dispensary Now Offering Cash-Free Payment Option

<![CDATA[In a move to have less cash on hand, one Tacoma, Wash., cannabis dispensary is now accepting cash-free transactions through an alternative payment system. Mary Mart, a family-owned and operated adult-use retailer, launched the contactless AeroPay payment platform April 7 at every one of its registers, KOMO News reported. To use the Chicago-based software company’s payment platform, customers can go to register.aeropay.com to create an account and link their bank account to start paying with their phones, according to Mary Mart’s website. The rollout comes weeks after a male worker at the World of Weed dispensary in Tacoma was fatally shot during an attempted robbery involving a pair of teenage suspects on March 19. That was the third fatal incident involving a dispensary robbery in less than a week in the western part of the state. RELATED: Washington Dispensary Worker Fatally Shot During Robbery Mary Mart’s new cashless payment system is convenient for customers and safer for dispensary staff members, the store’s general manager, Billy White, told KOMO News. “People talk a lot about how we are cash-only businesses, but they never talk about the security precautions that we’re taking in these places,” White said. In addition to the World of Weed shooting, two teenage suspects also stormed into the Mary Mart dispensary last month, pointed a gun at a worker’s head and fired a round into the ceiling, before they stole cannabis products and cash from the business, KOMO News reported. The robberies come at a time when the cannabis retail industry remains a target of violent crime with the absence of traditional banking because the plant remains illegal under federal law. While some cannabis businesses utilize local and regional banking in the U.S., options are limited and most of the retail industry operates in cash without federal clarity…

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