Armed guards from Invicta Group provide security to dispensaries and other cannabis businesses.
The spread of legalization to new states, particularly on the East Coast, is providing new opportunities for security companies that provide armed guards to cannabis businesses.
Paul Ballenger, Chief Executive Officer of Invicta Solutions, is a Marine veteran and Army Reservist with about 400 armed security guards working in five states including California, Colorado and Arizona. They guard schools, religious institutions and shopping malls. Invicta also provides armed guards for cannabis companies, having acquired the security guard business last year from Helix Technologies of Denver.
“I never really intended to be in the cannabis space at all,” said Ballenger, who said he supports legalization though he doesn’t use cannabis. But now, he said that he’s “100%” committed to...
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