AURORA, CO - JUNE 20: Samantha Mason, wife of shooting victim Travis Mason, left, and her three children Julian, 1, in her lap, twins Aidyn, middle and Daisy, right, both 4, and Mathew Dominguez, right, sit by a make-shift memorial in front of Green Heart marijuana dispensary on June 20, 2016 in Aurora, Colorado. Travis Mason, a 24-year-old father of three and Marine Corps veteran, was killed when two armed men walked into the dispensary where he was providing security and shot him multiple times in an attempted robbery. The U.S. Marines veteran began working at the dispensary after returning to Colorado in April from North Carolina where he had been stationed. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Death of a pot shop security guard: Could it have been avoided?

The recent death of Travis Mason, a Green Heart dispensary security guard who was slain last month during an attempted robbery, was devastating to those in the legal cannabis business, says Ricky Bennett, a former Aurora police chief who now heads Blue Line Protection Group Inc.

“I’ve taken a lot of calls from wives and girlfriends concerned about their employees,” Bennett says. “This is one of those things, even though we may be a competitor, we’re going to come together and we’re going to work together to ensure that legal businesses (like John Lord’s LivWell dispensaries) are properly protected.”

The task becomes even more difficult considering businesses in the industry are forced to work primarily in cash and that the product they’re selling is sometimes viewed as more valuable than the cash, he says.

Bennett talks about the issues of security — and whether a tragedy of this nature could have been prevented — with Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show. Bennett joined Lord, who is the chief executive officer of LivWell Enlightened Health, on the show.

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