On Tuesday March 15th, 2022 the cannabis dispensary I work at was robbed, again.

This time it happened just before 5:30 in the evening. The sun was shining. The ground was a bit wet from a recent rain—a typical spring day in the Pacific Northwest.

Then two gloved, hooded masked men entered through the front door. “Everyone get on the floor!” they shouted. “This is a robbery.”

Everyone—staff and customers—dropped to the ground in fear.

The cannabis industry’s ‘banking issue’ is now an armed robbery crime spree issue.

I had been scheduled to work that day, but had to take a personal day to deal with a family matter. I escaped the trauma of the robbery based on nothing but dumb luck. But I see and understand the terror my co-workers…

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