DENVER, Colo. — The City and County of Denver is taking action to make marijuana dispensaries a harder target for crooks.

“Just because we’ve had success previously doesn’t mean we can’t look at ways we can improve our regulations,” said Eric Escudero with the Denver Department of Excise & Licenses. “We’ve started seeing a concerning trend of dispensary burglaries, especially in the last year.”

For the first time ever, Denver is poised to put safe storage requirements on marijuana dispensaries.

“Dispensaries will now be required to have their money and their product locked up in a safe,” Escudero explained. “Products that need to be refrigerated also need to be locked up.”

Escudero said dispensaries that do not have room to install a safe would have to install a number of alternative security measures, including guard posts to keep cars from smashing the building, bulletproof or secure glass, live remote monitoring or video surveillance of the facility with loudspeakers, and alarm systems with sirens and strobe lights. That way, if a burglary occurs, it would be easy for members of the public to see a crime is taking place, Escudero said.

Input to create the rules was received from the Denver Police Department and the

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