USA: Police Departments Around The Country Losing Officers To Cannabis Security Industry

USA: Police Departments Around The Country Losing Officers To Cannabis Security Industry
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5 News Missouri Police departments nationwide are experiencing a shortage of officers — locally, the I-Team found out some of them are trading in their badges and going into an industry even they least expected. Take Joe Patterson, for example. He spent 11 years with the St. Louis County Police Department, many of them with the Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force where arresting people for marijuana possession and trafficking was a common occurrence. That all changed two years ago when Missouri legalized medical marijuana. “The state of Missouri has put together a very comprehensive plan to keep these businesses heavily regulated, and there’s a strong emphasis on security,” Patterson said. So, these days, Patterson can be found inspecting medical marijuana dispensaries. “Never in 100 years would I have believed them,” Patterson said of how he would have felt should someone have told him he would be working in the medical marijuana field. And he’s not the only officer who’s made the switch. Kevin Schnell left a career with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department to launch a business geared toward keeping the medical marijuana industry safe, too. In just 18 months, KC Cann Transport has grown to 23 employees. “We are getting flooded with resumes right now, many that have law enforcement backgrounds,” Schnell said. St. Louis Police Officers Association President Jay Schroeder said he’s not surprised. “Why wouldn’t you take the money and go somewhere and do something that’s 10 times safer for twice the money sometimes?” he said. The industry is showing no signs of slowing down. In Missouri, medical marijuana sales reached $160 million the first year. In the past six months, sales have nearly doubled to $300 million. In Illinois, sales totaled about $670 million in 2020 and jumped to $1.3 billion in 2021. And if it…

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