Alison Malsbury in LA Magazine

Despite being legalized recreationally in 2016, the pot business has retained the flavor of its underground days: The industry is risky and crime prone with small, high-value products and a thriving black market. While regulators set requirements on how to shuttle cannabis, they never set guidelines on how to handle a million dollars stuffed into a garbage bag. Moving cash is “generally at the discretion of the business owner,” says California Highway Patrol spokesperson Jaime Coffee. The current situation has left many businesspeople looking for a safe place to stash piles of cash, wary of their employees and suspicious of being followed. “It’s a huge safety concern,” says lawyer Alison Malsbury, who works with weed vendors. “It’s the biggest problem facing the industry.”