Pistol-whipped employees. Ceilings shot full of bullet holes. Safes and registers cleaned out at gunpoint. The crime wave of cannabis businesses is becoming a much larger threat recently!

In this blog post, watch the webinar inspired by the recent wave of robberies in the cannabis industry and learn top strategies to defend yourself with advice from professional cannabis security advisors.

The webinar originally aired on May 5th, 2022 at 1pm PST and was hosted by the CREC Directory to educate both up and coming and current business professionals.

CREC Directory Partner Nine Point Strategies, presents two top security professionals: Tony Gallo, Managing Partner, Sapphire Risk Advisor Group, and Michael Verden, Founder / CEO, The Lake Forest Group. Both bring extensive experience to the challenge of securing high-risk businesses.

Examples of topics covered in webinar:

  • Elements of a Smart and Strong Security Plan
  • Fortifying Your Operations Against Flash Mob Theft
  • Ensuring Your Insurability
  • The Security Measures Underwriters Like Most
  • The Threat from Within: Identify and thwart Internal Risks
  • Employee Theft Coverage and Crime Policies

Stay tuned for the end to hear many great questions and prepare yourself to best cover your assets with this webinar, built to keep you protected and prepared for the unexpected.


Jesse Parenti – Founder / National Director, Nine Point Strategies

Nine Point Strategies (NPS) has been protecting cannabis operators for over a decade nationally. NPS provides strategic risk management solutions such as Insurance, HR, OSHA safety, Benefits and Technology. The agency serves publicly traded companies, MSO’s, vertically-integrated operations and legacy owners.


Tony Gallo – Managing Partner, Sapphire Risk Advisor Group

Tony Gallo has spoken at over 100 business conferences across the United States and is considered one of the leading authorities in various industries, including cannabis and financial loan service security, armed robbery, and burglary loss prevention. He is regarded as a leader in high-risk security program designing and has opened more than 1,000 high-risk businesses in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For the last nine years, Sapphire Risk has been focused on developing cannabis security strategies for businesses and has worked with over 500 cannabis clients in 35 States and Canada. For the last four years, his company Sapphire Risk Advisory Group has been named one of the Top Cannabis Ancillary Businesses, and he is considered the “O.G. of Cannabis Security”.


Michael Verden – Founder / CEO, The Lake Forest Group

With an extensive career as a police officer, Secret Service agent, senior director of security for the NBA, and founder/CEO of The Lake Forest Group, G. Michael Verden applies security best practices to safeguard people, property, and assets. Michael employs methodologies learned in a 21-year career with the United States Secret Service protecting the President, First Lady, and large-scale events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl to identify vulnerabilities and implement proper risk management techniques to offer the appropriate level of protection—without adversely affecting the environment. Throughout his career, Mike has improved security by working with law enforcement, first responders, and private sector partners, evaluating physical, technical, procedural, and personnel security, investigating and mitigating threats to individuals and organizations, and designing workplace violence prevention training.


Video Recording – Cannabis Security Webinar



Slide Deck – Cannabis Security Webinar


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